Musical theatre graduate wins lead role in Frozen: The Musical

Queensland Conservatorium musical theatre graduate Courtney Monsma has been cast in the lead role of Frozen: The Musical.

The blockbuster musical sensation will open in Sydney in July, after a sell-out run on Broadway. The show is based on Disney’s hit animated film, which earned more than $1billion at the box office worldwide.

Frozen co-stars Jemma Rix and Queensland Conservatorium alumnus Courtney Monsma.

Courtney graduated from the Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2017, and has since been cast in a host of high-profile shows, including Mamma Mia and Aladdin. She is currently starring in the musical Six at the Sydney Opera House.

She said she was thrilled to be cast as Princess Anna alongside veteran musical theatre star Jemma Rix.

Courtney Monsma lights up the stage in the Queensland Conservatorium production of West Side Story.

“This is a dream come true and I am so grateful for this opportunity,” she said.

“I’m so grateful to everyone for the support and guidance that has led me to this point and excited for the journey ahead.”

Courtney starred as Maria in the Queensland Conservatorium’s 2017 production of West Side Story and recently performed at the 2020 season launch.

Professor Paul Sabey

Queensland Conservatorium Head of Performing Arts, Professor Paul Sabey, said Courtney was an outstanding student.

“She was cast in the lead role in West Side Story during her final year at the Con, and she lit up the stage,” he said.

“Her success is the culmination of years of training, dedication and hard work.

“It’s so exciting watching all of her dreams come true.”

Professor Gemma Carey

Acting Queensland Conservatorium Director, Professor Gemma Carey, said the Bachelor of Musical Theatre continued to turn out the country’s finest musical theatre talent, with graduates cast in a host of high profile productions in Australia and internationally.

“The success of our alumni reflects the calibre of teaching and learning happening at the Conservatorium – our students are given a world-class music education and are ready to make their mark in the industry when they graduate.”

As part of its 2020 performance season, the Queensland Conservatorium will mount a production of the classic Broadway musical Wicked.