15 October, 2021
High honours for Mareeba’s theatre star
MAREEBA’S Kiara Cabassi is one step closer to realising her dream of being a star on the musical theatre stage, being awarded a highly prestigious award by the renowned Paul Ettore Tabone.
Kiara was awarded the
Paul Tabone Most Promising
Voice for Musical Theatre,
something she would never
have dreamed of receiving in
a million years.
Theatre has been in Kiara’s future since she was just five years old where she first discovered her love for the arts.
With a supportive family behind her Kiara started forming the beginnings of her career, performing in Mareeba and the surrounding communities.
In 2017 Kiara graduated from Mareeba State High School and immediately got to work on her dream and career, moving to Mackay to study a Bachelor of Musical Theatre at CQUniversity at the Central Queensland’s Conservatorium of Music.
Kiara said that receiving this award was a testament to her hard work and diligence, proving to her that she can make it despite being from a small country town.
“I was very shocked, never in a million years you would think that you’d be a recipient of such a prestigious award especially from Paul himself,” she said.
“This award is going to open up many doors for me and Paul is going to help mentor me through my journey and make my dream a reality.
“Receiving this award has taught me that anything is possible with hard work and believing in yourself.”
Just like Kiara, Mr Tabone was born in a small rural Australian town and made his way onto the big stage including Broadway, the pinnacle for musical theatre.
Kiara graduated from university last year and landed a gig at the local radio station where she runs her own segment.
However her artistic talent couldn’t be contatined for long as she has recently released her first ever single called “Covid Angels” alongside Sean Kelly.
This amongst a line-up of future projects is all going to help Kiara develop her portfolio and image, with dreams of one day being centre stage in a major musical theatre production.
Kiara has plans to travel back home with Mr Tabone to perform in Mareeba with dates yet to be announced.