Gladstone's George Cartwright as Gustave in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies.
Gladstone's George Cartwright as Gustave in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies. Jeff Busby

Young performer builds Hollywood dreams from Gladstone

WHILE the stars of the silver screen are lining up on the Academy Awards red carpet tonight, one pint-sized performer is building his Hollywood dreams right here in Gladstone.

George Cartwright, 13, left Gladstone two years ago to pursue his performing career.

The youngster was nominated for a Broadway World Award for his role as Gustave in Andrew LLoyd Webber's Love Never Dies, which toured Melbourne and Sydney.

He even rubbed shoulders with Oscars-hopeful Hugh Jackman at the Helpmann live theatre awards last September.

Now, George is back in town, scoring a lead role in the Queensland Music Festival spectacular Boomtown.

But it's not all Hollywood glamour for the teenager - the return to Gladstone has also meant a return to school, after two years of being tutored around his performance schedule.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will screen on WIN at 9.30pm tonight.

Boomtown will run from July 18 to 21, as part of the Queensland Music Festival. 

George Cartwright, of Gladstone, with Sep Caton (left) in a television pilot for The Humongous Fungus.
George Cartwright, of Gladstone, with Sep Caton (left) in a television pilot for The Humongous Fungus. Contributed