Some Finn in the air

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughton

FORRESTFIELD’S Finn Alexan­der will make his pro­fes­sional per­for­mance de­but with Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany this month.

NOT only will WAAPA 2017 mu­sic theatre grad­u­ate Finn Alexan­der get to make his pro­fes­sional per­for­mance de­but with Black Swan State Theatre Com­pany this month, he will do it in As­sas­sins by his favourite com­poser and lyri­cist, Stephen Sond­heim.

“He man­ages to so ac­cu­rately con­vey real life from his char­ac­ters and pairs it with his mu­sic,” Alexan­der said.

“It comes from a real place with such emo­tion that it feels like you don’t have to do much work as an ac­tor, es­pe­cially in this piece. The show has come to­gether so quickly be­cause all the writ­ing is so good.”

As­sas­sins is a non- lin­ear mu­si­cal about the group of peo­ple who as­sas­si­nated or at­tempted to as­sas­si­nate Amer­i­can pres­i­dents.

Alexan­der, who grew up in Forrestfield and lives in Mel­bourne, plays the bal­ladeer and Lee Har­vey Oswald.

“The bal­ladeer is like the nar- ra­tor of the story who is a per­son­i­fied char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of the Amer­i­can dream,” the 21- year- old said.

“I pass down the as­sas­sins’ sto­ries like folk tales in a way and how they’ve im­pacted his­tory, both for the good and the bad; how it may have de­stroyed the Amer­i­can dream and cor­rupted it.

“It’s all done in a witty for­mat that pulls the rug out from un­der­neath you by the end of the show. It’s quite dark and con­fronting.”

Alexan­der said he had done co­pi­ous amounts of re­search on John F. Kennedy’s as­sas­si­na­tion, in­clud­ing watch­ing videos to learn Oswald’s ac­cent.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d483029

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