Young cast takes on musical drama

Published date22 June 2022
Publication titleWhanganui Midweek
Caitlin Currie and Charlie Waugh are two of the young folk in the cast. With seven years between them — Caitlin is 20 and Charlie is 13 — the emphasis is still on youth. It’s also on talent, because this young cast and their young director, Maddi McKenzie, 17, and their musical director, Caleb Arthur, 23, are proving themselves to be exceptionally good, according to all concerned

Caitlin plays the evil stepmother in the Cinderella story, and she’s the stage mother of Florinda (Sophie Toyne, 12) and Lucinda (Lucy Hartley, 14). Caitlin says it’s hard to act evil when she has such cute “daughters”. “No,” she says. “I have to channel it!

“Cinderella’s mother died and I married her father because they have money, and I wanted that money. Because she’s my stepdaughter, not my blood, I treat her horrifically.”

The premise is a baker and his wife are travelling through the woods looking for things as demanded by a witch who has cast a bad spell on their household. As they travel, they encounter fairytales and their inhabitants.

“We don’t have any major scenes together,” says Caitlin, “It’s more that we kind of intertwine, using them for our own benefit in trying to track down the prince to marry my daughters off. We use them as a plot point to help our characters advance in the story.”

Caitlin says she auditioned for any of the lead females but she’s pretty pleased with her role. Struck down with Covid at the time, she had to audition by video from home.

Charlie Waugh is Jack, of beanstalk fame. She says she had no preference when she auditioned.

“I just went and read for multiple different characters and waited for them to decide what character I would fit.” She says that off stage she has been told she acts like a little boy. That, and the fact that her hair is the right length, she says, got her the...

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