Scout Hook is a trans nonbinary artist who grew up in Mount Eliza. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre) in 2020 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Scout also became the grateful recipient of the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Cassidy Bequest Scholarship, Mabel Kent Scholarship, Ron Freedman Memorial Award, and the Ron and Margaret Dobell Foundation Music Theatre Award. They are now part of the ensemble for international theatre company Global Creatures’ new Australian show Moulin Rouge! The Musical. It’s a Tony-nominated production based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 hit film Moulin Rouge! Kate Sears speaks to Scout about their journey so far before the show opens at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on August 13.
When did you first discover a passion for performing arts, singing and dancing? Can you recall your first role?
I’ve loved performing for as long as I can remember. As kids, my sisters and I were always putting on concerts in the living room and soon started going to dance classes. My first role was Jane Banks in the Aussie premiere of Mary Poppins (Disney & Cameron Mackintosh) when I was 12 years old. While working on that show I decided that music theatre was what I wanted to pursue as a career.
As you grew up in Mount Eliza, how did you find the art scene on the Peninsula?
My grandfather was an artist, and he and my nan also lived in Mount Eliza. We visited many of the wonderful art galleries on the Peninsula with them while we were growing up. The Peninsula was also where I began my training in dancing and singing. I had some great teachers who helped me to find my feet as a young performer.
Tell us about the cast for Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Have you been starstruck by anyone?
I am so in awe of the entire cast. It’s an incredibly talented and diverse group, and they are all such lovely people. There is a huge range of experience within the cast, with some of us being new to the industry and many who are legends of the Aussie stage. I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from them all.
Do you have any notable moments or experiences to share with our readers?
As a trans nonbinary person, the values of Moulin Rouge! The Musical resonate with me strongly. Within this story, the Moulin Rouge is a place that celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and love, and is a place where all people are encouraged to be themselves. I am thrilled to create visibility and representation for the trans community on stage in this production, something that is so important to me as a human and as an artist.
What’s next on the agenda?
I can’t wait to start performing in Moulin Rouge! The Musical and to share the spectacle with Aussie audiences. I’m looking forward to contributing to a more inclusive and accessible theatre industry in this country as my career continues to move forward over the years, whatever that may look like.
You can follow Scout’s journey on Instagram via @scout_hook