Lara's Story

'I like performing because everybody knows who I am and how talented I am, and my parents go “wow, you are a superstar”.'

 

When Lara stepped on stage for her first performance in a leading role, she was understandably nervous. But it didn’t take long for the 28-year-old to hit her stride. ‘It was fun,’ she said of her starring role as Cinderella. ‘I like performing because everybody knows who I am and how talented I am, and my parents go “wow, you are a superstar”.’

Lara found her passion for the creative arts after starting with Multicap’s Centre for Creative Arts (CoCA) in 2009. Since then, the former Toowoomba girl has barely missed a day in the art studio. ‘I feel disappointed if I miss a day at CoCA,’ Lara said. ‘I like painting and my goal is to continue painting pictures. I also do drama class, drumming and clay work.’

Lara is currently creating a 3-dimensional whale for CoCA’s 2017 tactile exhibition and rehearsing for her part in this year’s drama performance ‘Bewitched by Colour’, written by her creative arts facilitator, Tuesday Whitfield. ‘Lara puts a lot of pride into her work – she likes it to be perfect,’ Tuesday said. ‘I have seen a huge change in Lara over the past couple of years, particularly as a result of the drama performances – she’s smiling more and comes up and says, “I’m a star”.’

Lara’s mum Madeleine said her daughter has a remarkable portfolio of artwork that she has achieved during her time at Multicap. ‘I specifically moved to Brisbane for Lara to benefit from being at CoCA five days a week as she strongly voiced her desire to attend full-time,’ Madeleine said. ‘Lara has gained much joy from attending CoCA and really hates missing a day there.’

Outside of the art studio, Lara enjoys holidays and activities with Multicap’s social network, Avegates.

 


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