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APATA AWARDS Winner 2021 Jackson Hughesman

Jackson is not only an extremely talented singer, actor, and composer, he also works extremely hard to improve these skills and mentor others. Recognised in his community theatre organisation, Jackson also prioritised his school’s choir, theatre and musical productions.

Other students have lifted and improved just from the opportunity to work with Jackson, and this has seen the whole music and theatre program of the school improve greatly. While he loves working on stage, he is equally satisfied working behind the scenes, including publicity, stage managing and even taking the role of assistant director in the school’s latest musical.

Jackson has a big year ahead, preparing to play the lead role of Gomez in the school musical production of ‘The Adam’s Family’. Following Year 12 Jackson is aiming to study Musical Theatre at Griffith University.

Congratulations Jackson!

The judging committee deeply admired your passion and love of the performing arts and eagerly look forward to following your career and the road ahead as you continue to follow your dreams and nurture your career in the years of come.

Credits from 2015- 2021


Prince Charming ‘Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Gomez ‘The Adam’s Family’ – St Patrick’s College Musical


Hunter ‘Underneath the tree’ an original musical by Jackson Hughesman – Brisbane Musical Theatre

Schroeder ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ – Brisbane Musical Theatre


Doody ‘Grease the Musical’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Bundles ‘Annie Jr’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Doody ‘Grease the Musical’ – St Patrick’s College Musical


Jafar ‘Aladdin Jr’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Scar ‘Lion King Jr’ – St Patrick’s College

Archie ’13 the Musical’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Cowardly Lion ‘Wizard of Oz’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Grimsby ‘The Little Mermaid’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre


Narrator ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre

Ensemble ‘High School Musical’ – St Patrick’s College

Fredrich Vonn Trapp ‘Sound of Music’ – Brisbane Musical Theatre

Papa Bear ‘Shrek the Musical’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre


Marionette ‘My Son Pinocchio’ – Brisbane Junior Theatre


Oliver Twist ‘Oliver the Musical’ – JAFA


Gold Palm Theatre Awards Jock and Beverly McIlwain Special encouragement award 2020 – Prize money of $2000

Nominee – Gold Palm Theatre Awards – Best supporting actor for portrayal of ‘Schroeder’ in Brisbane Musical Theatre’s ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, the Musical’.

Singer of the year – St Patrick’s College 2020

Creative Team

Writer of ‘Underneath the tree; an original musical’

Assistant director of ‘Aladdin Jr’ Show cancelled due to covid – 19

Stage Manager ‘Les Misérables’ Brisbane Musical theatre

Publicity for various Brisbane Junior Theatre and Brisbane Musical Theatre productions


Vocal training by Fiona Engwirda

Acting training by Jack Bradford and Jesse Bradford


Boys from the shore (An award-winning Auditioned Choir for St Patrick’s College)

Singers (An award-winning Choir for changed voices at St Patrick’s College)

APATA AWARDS Winner 2021 Jackson Hughesman

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