Eagle Vale’s Chiara Assetta is ready to make a childhood dream become a reality.
Ms Assetta grew up idolising the romantic musical film, West Side Story. She even chose the 1961 classic as a key topic for a drama assignment in high school.
Next month, the 22-year-old will play a star role in the modernised West Side Story production at Sydney Harbour.
Ms Assetta told the Advertiser she couldn’t wait for the opening night on March 22.
“It’s very exciting, West Side Story has inspired me since I was growing up,” she said.
“It’s such an iconic show that will be performed in an iconic spot, Sydney Harbour.”
Ms Assetta said she would play the role of Teresita.
“There are two gangs in West Side Story, the Jets and Sharks,” she said.
“Teresita is part of the Sharks which is a Puerto rican female ensemble.
“The girls bring life and happiness to the story. My character is a team member who is happy and bubbly, but there is also a fierceness to her.”
The Macarthur performer said the new production was a “bit modernised” version of West Side Story.
“The show sticks very true to the original story,” she said.
“But it’s performed in an outdoor theatre and the set is modernised with things like graffiti.
“The set looks spectacular with enhanced colours.”
Ms Assetta grew up in Eagle Vale and showed interest in performing from a tender age.
She began her training at the Glenda Yee School of Dance and went on to graduate from the renowned ED5 International program.
Upon graduating, Ms Assetta was cast in the Monsters Live – Rock and Roll Show at Universal Studios in Japan.
Other highlights include featuring on X-Factor Australia and The Voice Australia, and performances at the Sydney Mardi Gras and the NRL grand final.
However, next month will mark Ms Assetta’s musical theatre debut.
“I’ve been training for this my whole life,” she said.
“I’m more excited than anything, but this is also one of my favourite shows so there are a bit of nerves too.
“I’ve loved West Side Story since I started singing and dancing.”
2019 is set to be a huge year for Ms Assetta.
She is also working alongside her brother and fellow performer Daniel on their new theatre production, Siblingship.
The production captures the special bond between siblings and is set to debut at Sydney’s Hayes Theatre in October.
Ms Assetta said it was a dream to work with her brother on a production.
“Daniel is my best friend and the most supportive brother in the world,” she said.
“He is the reason why I got into performing and our goal is to perform more shows together. I couldn’t have a better brother.”