Bundoora starlet Madeline Perrone knows it’s a long road to the top in the entertainment business … but she’s headed in the right direction.

The 21-year-old recently made her professional musical theatre debut in the Australian production of Fiddler on the Roof, running at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre until February 27.

The musical is set in a small Jewish village in the Czarist Russia of 1905 and tells the story of milkman Tevye, along with his wife and five daughters, and his attempts to preserve family traditions in times of sweeping social change.

Perrone plays Tevye’s fourth daughter Shprintze.

“I’m loving it,” she says. “Getting this role … is a really big step in the right direction for me.”

MADELINE PERRONE (RIGHT) IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. PICTURE: JEFF BUSBY

 
After school, Perrone studied performing arts at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York for four years.

Now, in her first full-time gig, she’s in eight shows a week, rehearsing during her ‘down time’.

“I came home from America to celebrate my 21st birthday and then I got the call-up to be in

Fiddler on the Roof, so I guess it was meant to be,” she says.

Perrone says working closely with the show’s Australian stars Sigrid Thornton and Anthony Warlow has been a highlight.

“Just to be around that calibre of people is unreal.”