Samuel Wright Penola Catholic College Emu Plains student

Samuel Wright. Photo credit: Melinda Jane

At just 12-years-old, Penola Catholic College student Sam Wright is a rising star, making waves for his triple threat talents on stage.

Getting into music at a young age, Sam admits he was always sure it would become a big part of his life.

“As a kid, I really enjoyed music and singing along with stuff, but then when I was seven or eight, I started getting really into it,” he said.

“My Mum put me into singing and guitar, and then I added piano, and did band, and musicals.

I knew it would just keep progressing until it got to bigger things.

Since then, Sam has well and truly made a name for himself, performing at various events and excelling in classical piano and Rockschool singing exams.

Most recently, after performing in his first ever musical – a production of ‘Shrek The Musical JR.’ – Sam was chosen as just one of four performers to go to Newcastle for the Junior Music Festival, which saw him successfully audition for a main role in ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ and put the show together in a week late last year.

“The whole experience was really good,” he said.

“Learning a musical in a week was so amazing, and getting all that information brought onto us was really good.”

Whilst on the trip, Sam also auditioned for Aussie All Stars – an experience which would see him travel to New York to attend extensive workshops with Broadway professionals, meet the cast of a Broadway show, perform at the Junior Music Festival in Atlanta, and then travel to Hollywood to attend workshops at Disney California.

Sam was one of just 40 kids selected to go on the trip, which will take place next January.

Though he’s undeniably excited to learn from and be inspired by such incredible people and places on the trip, including the likeminded people he’ll be travelling alongside, he’s just as keen to see the sights.

“I’m honestly just so excited for sightseeing,” he said.

“You can’t blame me – it’s America!” Sam’s mum Debbie Wright said that she couldn’t be more proud of him.

“He’s someone who’s pretty much just started out doing some basic singing and bass guitar with no plans to do too much, to then turning into someone that our whole year is based around his performance schedule and events, whether it’s singing, eisteddfods, performing at the Easter Show, exam work – there’s always something happening,” she said.

“He’s a very lucky boy, he’s got some very supportive people behind him.”

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