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Stage Stardom for Sean

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​​Grade 11 student Sean Coughlan has been doing some amazing things outside of school. He landed the role of athlete, Andrew Clark in the Moreton Bay Theatre Company's rendition of The Breakfast Club.

Sean said that it's a great show and was well worth the two months of rehearsals on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays to create such a popular and classic show.

“I play Andrew Clark, he's one of the six characters in the Breakfast Club," Sean said.

“There's five kids and a teacher. Basically, the show is about the five kids and they've all done something wrong, and they've ended up in detention. The teacher is Mr Vernon and he's on a bit of a power trip - he's kind of crazy."

Sean said each of the students are categorised and reflect a mix of people in society.

“There's the brain - his name is Brian, and he is basically a nerd, and then there's the athlete, which is Andrew – who I'm playing, a basket case – Alison, she's basically the weirdo, Claire is the princess, and John - the criminal."

Sean said the show provides powerful messages to the audience.

“The kids eventually realise that they don't have to be stuck with their stereotype, and when they break it down, they realise they are all similar in different ways."​

“We have put on a very good show, the cast and director are very good, and everyone gets along, it all runs very smoothly."

Sean is very organised and said acting doesn't impact his schoolwork as he manages to put his full focus on theatre when he is at rehearsals and practises his lines at night. He said it all comes very naturally for him.

Sean has been acting in shows since 2017 and is hoping to follow his dream of acting to university after he has finished school. The Breakfast Club is Sean's debut performance with Moreton Bay Theatre Company after doing several musical workshops with Brisbane Junior Theatre.


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Last reviewed 21 May 2021
Last updated 21 May 2021