For Gloucester’s Jared Laurie, all the world is a stage.
He can’t imagine his life without the glitz and glamour of entertainment, and now his life is set to get a whole lot glitzier.
In March this year, he came across a new reality television show on social media and decided to take the plunge and audition.
“It was perfect,” Jared said. “I didn’t need to have a personal tragedy to be on the show; it’s just about entertainment.”
To apply for “All Together Now”, he needed to fill out a form and submit a song recording.
“I drove up Kia Ora mountain and sang ‘Climb Every Mountain,” Jared smiled.
And it worked. He was invited to Sydney to sing in front of a small panel of people involved in the show’s production.
“The first thing I did was blast the ears off the sound person,” he laughed. “He was wearing headphones.
“But he forgave me.”
Jared had to go with two songs prepared and for his first number he chose the title song for the musical, Oklahoma.
“I’ve always been told to never sing Oklahoma in an audition,” he said. “By many of my singers teachers; thousands of times.
“It’s a cliché,” he laughed.
“But I love it, so I sang it.”
And it turns out it was the right choice. Not only did they love it, but he was asked back again for a rehearsal to sing the same song.
Around about his birthday, in early April, he got the call.
He was in.
But he had to keep it a secret.
“It’s been killing me,” he said.
He asked his mother to help him tweak his wardrobe under the guise it was for the Gloucester premiere of his latest cabaret 'SupercalifragilisticOsteoporosis', which took place in August.
Without anyone knowing, off he went back to Sydney for the recording of the episode he is due to appear in.
“I got a bit of the star treatment,” Jared explained.
“Picked up at the hotel and taken to the studio; the professional entrance.”
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