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Kristal purrs contentedly after securing role in musical

TOP CAT: Kristal Kemp performs as a kitten in the Brisbane production the famous musical. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
TOP CAT: Kristal Kemp performs as a kitten in the Brisbane production the famous musical. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

KRISTAL Kemp will don her kitty-cat costume and whiskers and take centrestage in front of the masses in Cats the Musical in Brisbane.

The sole Grafton performer in the cast, 12-year-old Kristal said she was thrilled to be part of such a professional and large-scale production - even working alongside Marina Prior.

"I was really surprised and happy when I found out I was successful," she said.

"They (rehearsals) have been really fun so far."

Kristal plays a kitten in the performance, singing and dancing for most of the show.

Her mum Kirsty Stephenson said she could not be prouder of her daughter.

"She's always been into gymnastics and the flute, so she did really well to get into this," Ms Stephenson said.

"She has never done dancing or had singing lessons, so all she knows is self-taught."

Kristal auditioned for the part last December and while the casting officers were only after kids from South East Queensland, Kristal was lucky enough to shine through and be given a chance.

"She is so lucky, and really has done so well," Ms Stephenson said.

 

About Cats:

Presented by Harvest Rain Theatre Company in association with Central Hotels and Apartments

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Based on 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' by T.S. Eliot

Starring Australia's Marina Prior as Grizabella.

Performances at the Brisbane Convention Centre, featuring 500 performers, from July 4-6. Head to Tickettek for tickets.

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