The Malta Independent 21 April 2019, Sunday

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Malta Independent Sunday, 19 August 2007, 00:00 Last update: about 7 years ago

Rachel Fabri

Rachel has just been accepted at GSA Conservatoire in Guildford, UK, to read for a Masters in Musical Theatre. She recently completed her Psychology degree from the University of Malta. Rachel has taken part in musicals and concerts: as a soloist in Voices; as Annie in Masquerade’s Annie, as Crystal in Masquerade’s Little Shop of Horrors; as Sleeping Beauty in MADC’s Sleeping Beauty; as Cinderella in Drama Troupe’s and performed on scholarship in various parts of England with touring musical theatre concert Beyond the Barricade. She was also resident singer for Tista Tkun Int a few years ago. She has worked as a vocal coach for Drama Troupe and she has also taught for Masquerade Theatre Arts School. She is joint protagonist with Matthew Anastasi and Jean Marc Agius Cafà in the musical showcase, With Friends Like These which will be taking place at St James Cavalier between 23 and 26 August.

How old are you? Star sign and date of birth?

I’m 21 – Virgo – born on 12 September 1985.

What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?

Performing in the West End or Broadway or doing anything else which truly interests me in the theatre scene. I would like to be writing a few songs… and perhaps getting them heard for a change (I usually just write them for myself)! I can also see myself teaching singing to children. However, performing will always be my true passion. I also see myself married and starting a family.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

No fighting, not having to deal with unnecessary worry and living a stress-free life… happiness for me must include the company of family and friends.

What is your favourite occupation?

Performer and singing teacher.

Significant other?

By the time this article is published, who knows?! But probably no, due to me moving to the UK at the start of September.

What is your greatest fear?

Losing someone I love such as a family member; being buried alive; knives and leaning over windowsills of very high buildings.

What is it that you most value in your friends?

That they do not speak behind my back, are sensitive towards my feelings and are always there for me when I need them. I also truly value the ways in which they always seem to make me laugh!

How would you like to die?

A peaceful death, surrounded by family and close friends.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Probably the amount of money I spend on travelling to UK to watch musicals!

What is your greatest regret?

I thankfully don’t think I have any.

What is your most treasured possession?

A childhood toy with three colourful sheep on it; it was one of those toys you’d strap on from one side of the buggy to the other. This toy kept my brother safe from harm when we fell down the stairs (me aged three years, Andrew aged four months) – I ended up with the buggy on top of me with a lovely unicorn-style gundalla! But at least Andrew did not get hurt!

Which talent would you most like to have apart from the ones you already have?

The talent of a gymnast or an ice-skater.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Feeling helpless, lonely and unhealthy.

Where would you like to live?

I’m pleased to say that next month I shall be living where I’ve wanted to live for quite a while – Guildford in England: a pretty place full of greenery and student life.

What is your most marked characteristic?

Apart from my curly hair, I’d say my nose – apparently it’s too small!

Who are your heroes/heroines in real life?

Most definitely my parents who I hope to be like if I ever become a parent – showing constant support to my children. And my grandmother and uncle who have been through so much in their lives and help themselves through prayer, and getting through life’s struggles with smiles on their faces.

What is it that you most dislike?

Bullying in children and any form of child abuse.

What is your motto?

Smile and the world smiles with you.

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