Woopi kid makes it to Vegas!
SMALLTOWN boy moves to the city to make it big and lands a dream role in Las Vegas – it sounds like the stuff of Hollywood but for Chris Jhureea it couldn’t be more real.
The former Woolgoolga High School student is still pinching himself after landing a key acrobatic/dance role in the latest Cirque de Soleil show in Vegas.
“I can’t believe it, I always dreamed of doing something like this but it never seemed possible,” Chris said.
Chris left Woolgoolga in 2006, spent a year studying in Brisbane before moving to Sydney chasing his dream.
“I’ve been in Sydney now for two-and-a-half years and I’ve been teaching all over the place and doing some commercial work,” Chris said.
Chris is still finding it hard to believe he’s landing a role with one of the industry’s most respected companies.
“It was really lucky, actually. I opened an online dance newsletter I signed up for – usually I just delete them – and I saw they were auditioning for Cirque de Soleil.
“It was only three days until auditions closed but I thought I’d give it a go.”
He auditioned in Sydney with hundreds of other men. After making it through the first cut, the casting team for Cirque de Soleil flew him over to Las Vegas to complete the audition process.
“That was my first time overseas, too – it was all pretty crazy,” he said.
A few days after he arrived home, he got the call he had won a role.
“It was crazy, I’m just this smalltown boy – when I got the phone call I cried, I laughed, I yelled – every possible emotion.
“It still just blows my mind. My goal was to get a lot of commercial work, film clips, that kind of thing. To get this is just awesome.”
Chris is heading to Las Vegas next month to start rehearsing for the show to start by September.
He will live in Las Vegas for the next two years.
“My parents are already planning their trip over for the show,” he said.