While his peers have been finishing grade 6 and preparing for high school next year, Bailey Landeg has spent almost four months performing in the Melbourne production of School of Rock.
The talented 12-year-old from Trevallyn is performing as Freddy in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production until the beginning of February.
Bailey loves his stage life, but some days he wonders how he got there.
“It’s still an awesome experience. Going on stage is amazing,” Bailey said.
While he misses his Trevallyn friends, Bailey has formed great bonds with his cast mates.
“I’ve made loads of friends,” he said.
A typical day for Bailey now starts with a big breakfast with his mum Kristen Landeg before they head to Her Majesty’s Theatre.
He then gets ready for his vocal, dance and band warm-ups, before heading back to his dressing room to get ready for his performance.
The production has three casts so Bailey does not perform in every show, but may be needed on standby.
He also has regular lessons with a tutor.
“I love the tutoring. It’s pretty cool and we just do all our normal work,” Bailey said.
Besides learning outside a school environment, something else Bailey has had to get used to is dealing with fans.
“It’s pretty weird with fans,” he said.
“I try to ignore them, but it’s hard because they message [via social media] lots.”
Once Bailey returns to Tasmania in early February he will be hitting the books to get back into the swing of full-time study as a new high school student.
But what happens beyond school for this “quadruple threat”?
“I’m not sure what’s next. I’ll keep practising my drumming, but I really like doing everything,” Bailey said.
“It’s been an awesome experience and I’ve made loads of friends.”
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