Shows since my initial flare.

Not many, funnily enough.

Gaslight, 2004. Bella Manningham. The role that nearly broke my brain. I had to learn nearly the entire script as Bella was only off stage fore a few pages.

I recreated the black dress from Portrait of a Lady for this. And the make up was my own design. I had to look like I hadn’t slept for a long time and yet not look too hard but let the audience have empathy.

The hardest part was that most of the audience couldn’t understand why Bella stayed with her husband for so long. Even though it was spelled out he had separated her physically and emotionally from all her family 😉 You didn’t need to know that divorce in the 19thC England was a very different beast to what it is now….

I had just read a bio of the wife of one of the Ripper suspects so had been familiar with the subject!

Live at Five Finger Joe’s. That was quite fun. I deliberately wore a short dark bob as I find I did get typecast a lot for having long blonde/pale red hair.

Secret Garden. This clashed with the Auckland Armageddon cosplay contest but i still got to go along on the monday and do my first panel 🙂 that was nifty 🙂

Anyway, I played Claire the one with the truly horribly racist line just before the storm. Final storm I think. I adored the music, It was such a challenge. But I think it helps keep chorus member son their feet and interested if they get to switch from melody to harmonising above and then below… Seriously. During Final Storm I went from below middle C to a high B (I think, and I’m not sure if it was natural, flat or sharp…). But it was a leap of over an octave and singing sibilants up there was a bit of a challenge 😉

During this time I did audition and got into A Chorus Line that was going to play at the Sky City theatre. But I pulled out. I sang Nothing, though I knew I was too gaelic to play the part 😉 But it was a great audition song.

Also a murder mystery.

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