Patrick Whitebread, last year's school captain at St Francis Xavier's College in Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, is about to embark on the next act of his life, having won a place at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
His first appearance on stage was in a Year One play at St Paul's Gateshead. He names his drama teacher Lia Bundy as a significant influence, not only at school but through her company, Pantseat Productions.
“She's very encouraging to everyone,” he said.
Ms Bundy advised Patrick that if he could sing and dance, he would have far more opportunities. He duly began lessons and, sure enough, the roles followed.
Patrick’s world’s a stage (Aurora)