Thirteen year old Sydney sider, Jude Paddon-Row, most recently appeared as Friedrich in the Sydney season of The Sound of Music. He also performed this role at the Helpmann Awards last month. Previously, Jude portrayed Edmund in Chatswood Musical Society’s 2014 production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Kurt in Hornsby Musical Society’s 2012 production of The Sound of Music.
1. How old were you when you began performing and how did you start?
I was 8 years old when I started performing. I started performing at my local dance school at a holiday camp. After the first day of the camp, I got into the car and said to mum “Mum I want to be an actress” (obviously being new to the musical theatre world I didn’t know the difference!) My mum burst out laughing and said “actresses are girls” and I was mortified then said “NO, NO I MEAN ACTOR!” I can still remember it so clearly.
2. You recently made your professional musical theatre debut as Friedrich in The Sound of Music, how was it performing in front of large audiences every night at the Sydney’s Capitol Theatre?
When I perform, I am always excited/ nervous, to be honest it’s more nerves! I would always be hoping I wouldn’t trip down the stairs in the house scene or mess up the marching though near the end of the show season I started to feel less nervous and learnt to just accept mistakes because everyone makes them!
3. You worked with many amazing performers of the stage and theatre such as Cameron Daddo, Amy Lehpamer, Jacqui Dark and Marina Prior; what was it like to share the stage with them?
I felt so grateful to share the stage with so many musical theatre veterans and I feel that I learnt so much from them like to accept events that don’t go perfectly and to just make the most of it!
4. During your time with The Sound of Music, you met Nicholas Hammond who portrayed Friedrich in the movie, how was that?
So I’ll give you the long story. We were in rehearsals practising “So Long Farewell” and Kate Anderson (the company manager) pulls us Friedrichs aside and said that Nicholas Hammond was coming to visit. I was shaking because I was meeting THE Friedrich! Though he was such a lovely man and gave us so much advice and told us many wonderful things like “Once a Von Trapp, always a Von Trapp!”
5. What advice have you been given by older performers that has stuck with you?
I was given a lot of advice by the older cast members and the crew but what stuck out to me the most was when Jonny Bowles (The children’s director) told us children, “Don’t stop, even when you think there is no work and you think it’s the end, there are plenty more shows coming.”
6. Do you hope to keep performing in musicals and what would be your dream role?
I do definitely hope to keep on performing. It is my dream! I would love to either be on Broadway or The West End doing what I love best – Musical Theatre. I have too many dream roles but I will narrow it down to a few.
– The Phantom – Phantom of the Opera
– Thenardier- Les Miserables
– Rum Tum Tugger / Munkustrap – CATS
– Captain Von Trapp – The Sound of Music