First big break a starring role for Erin Clare

Erin Clare from Hazelbrook stars in Snow White, now showing at the State Theatre.

Erin Clare from Hazelbrook stars in Snow White, now showing at the State Theatre.

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She's the star of the show: Hazelbrook's Erin Clare is playing the title role in Snow White at the State Theatre, alongside such luminaries as Magda Szubanski, Kyle Sandilands and Sir Cliff Richard.

The 24-year-old sings, dances and acts in what she calls a "very, very intense" pantomime.

"There's a lot of big dance numbers, a lot of lifts and a lot of songs," she said.

Erin, whose family moved to the Mountains when she was 14, commuted to Strathfield to study at McDonald College, which specialises in the performing arts.

After high school, she won a scholarship to Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, where she did an honours arts degree, majoring in musical theatre.

She did some work around Asia but then moved back to the Mountains and worked in some short films and video clips. Snow White is by far her biggest gig.

She won the role after a "whirlwind audition over just a couple of days" in March. Shortly after she was called into Channel 9 where her success was announced live on the morning show with David Campbell.

"It was very exciting, I am very, very thrilled," she said.

Rehearsals have also been short but intense, and she is delighted with her fellow cast members.

"Everyone is so nice and so humble. You wouldn't even be able to tell the difference between who is experienced and who isn't - they're all great," she said.

"And they're very funny. Our dressing rooms have become communal party places."

As well as musical theatre, Erin is also interested in film and television.

"I am co-writing some cabarets and I like to arrange music too. I think having different skills is really important."

She also plays the flute, piccolo, piano and guitar.

Erin said everyone in her family played an instrument and her mother, Kymberley Arrell, had also been a dancer and actor.

The whole family were there on opening night last Friday.

Erin said she was "overwhelmed and overjoyed by the audience reaction... I am just so grateful and excited for what's to come."

The show continues until Sunday.

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