ANIELA Hedditch will be drawing on her real-life experience in her role as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific.
ANIELA Hedditch will be drawing on her real-life experience in her role as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. Supplied.

Middle East tour puts Aniela on course

FRESH from entertaining Australian and American troops in the Middle East, the Tweed Theatre Company's latest star Aniela Hedditch is playing alongside their stage counterparts in the musical South Pacific.

The 33-year-old is playing the lead role of Nellie Forbush in the famous musical set in French Polynesia during World War II on an island taken over by US forces.

Miss Hedditch said she could not help but compare her role to the time she spent in 2006 and 2008 on an entertainment tour with the Australian Defence Force.

“The characters definitely hit home more,” Miss Hedditch said.

“I've got a real appreciation of the military now.

“Like in the play, I got to perform for the American coalition forces; They absolutely loved us.”

During her time with the military Miss Hedditch performed with Kevin Bloody Wilson and Lee Harding, of Australia Idol fame.

“They flew us around in Blackhawks and Hercules, dressed in full body armour.

“We travelled in style,” she said.

Tweed and Gold Coast television viewers may recognise Miss Hedditch from her vari- ous roles on The Great South East, Creek To Coast, Popcor n and Local Edition.

She also made it into the final 12 contestants on Popstars 2.

With a cast consisting of nurses, sailors, Seabees, mar- ines and islanders, South Pacific follows the romantic stories of new lovers Nellie and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Lieutenant Joe Cable, who falls in love with Liat, a young island girl.

“It amazes me the amount of talented people that do community theatre,” Miss Hedditch said.

But director Tracey Kriz assured this production, being held at Twin Towns Services Club, will be anything but amateur.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific will open on Friday, July 17, with a matinee at 11am and evening performance at 8pm.

The show will continue on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, with shows at 3pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for members, con- cession and children, call 1800 014 014.

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