The school musical production making history
MORIAH Smith, 17, has overcome a number of challenges to be able to take the stage as the foul-tempered, endlessly selfish Queen of Hearts in Dalby Christian College's production of Alice in Wonderland.
But through performance anxiety and all the pre-show jitters that come with a live performance, the Year 12 student is ready to hit the stage for her last musical as a high school student.
"It takes a lot of courage to get up on stage and do that,” Moriah said.
"It's been good just getting to be myself and getting together with everyone, and meeting new people and creating that relationship... I actually feel like I'm not alone in my anxiety.”
With opening night just hours away, director Myfanwy Schenk is hopeful the hard work put in by the students will pay off.
"The kids are really pleased with themselves, I'm really pleased with them, and we're going to put on a good show,” she said.
This is the first musical the school has presented in years.
The last one was written by Mrs Schenk and her husband, music teacher Chris Schenk, six years ago, so this musical will be one for the history books.
"There's colour, there are jokes, there are so many colourful characters on stage,” Mrs Schenk said.
"You've got to come see Dalby Christian College's musical... they've run for ages.”
The last week of rehearsals has been about positive reinforcement, and letting the kids know they've got what it takes to put on a spectacular show.
"It's what they need to get up on stage, pull something off and to do it confidently and with joy,” Mrs Schenk said.
"They need to know that I'm behind them and I believe in them.”
Opening night is tonight, at 7pm, and there will be a second performance tomorrow night at 7pm.
To purchase tickets, contact the main office at Dalby Christian College on 46724222.