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MAJOR ROLE: Grace O’Donnell Clancy has secured a lead role in a Melbourne musical.

MAJOR ROLE: Grace O’Donnell Clancy has secured a lead role in a Melbourne musical.

The years of discipline, performance, make-up and fun involved in regional calisthenics are continuing to pay off for rising musical-theatre talent Grace O’Donnell-Clancy.

The former Horsham Calisthenics College student, 22, who has been pursuing a passion for singing and dancing since she was a toddler, has won her first lead role in a major Melbourne musical.

O’Donnell-Clancy will play the character Mary Lane in RL Productions’ Chapel Off Chapel premiere of award-winning musical comedy Reefer Madness.

The show, a tongue-in-cheek look at hysteria caused when clean-cut youngsters fall prey to marijuana, will run for two weeks at the Prahran venue from November 24.

The show is based on a 1930s cult-classic film.

O’Donnell-Clancy, who graduated from a three-year course at Patrick Studios Australia performing-arts school in Melbourne last year, said her selection for the role came as an exciting surprise.

“I auditioned for this show a few months ago,” she said.

“I went for a part in the ensemble, not expecting a lead role. I got through the dance call and was asked back for the singing call.

“To get the lead was really unexpected.

“The musical is a contemporary mix of styles including singing, dancing and acting.

“It’s all very terrifying but exciting at the same time.”

The casting comes after O’Donnell-Clancy spent a month in Singapore last year hosting a production of Sesame Street Live.

“That was just great fun,” she said.

O’Donnell-Clancy fell in love with the idea of dance and performing with Louise Ryan’s Avenue Dance Studio as a four-year-old, before taking on calisthenics at six and quickly establishing herself prominently in the artistic dance-sport through various age and skill levels.

“When I got to year-12 I thought, ‘what do I do now? Do I go on and do nursing or do I follow what I want to do?’ I always simply wanted to sing and dance,” she said.

“This is really a dream come true and it is quite surreal.”

Stephen Wheat is directing Reefer Madness with David Wisken providing musical direction and Yvette Lee choreography.

O’Donnell-Clancy will perform alongside male lead Ben Adams, Jared Bryan, Rosa McCarty, Ella Burns, Stephen McDowell, Priscilla Stavrou, Ed Deganos and an ensemble featuring Seth Drury, Ashlee Noble, Daniel Florid, Tess Branchflower and Alex Thompson. Tickets to the show are available online at and more information at and

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