Si­grid sings praise for Fid­dler’s cast

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WHAT­EVER role she plays, Si­grid Thorn­ton al­ways seems to qui­etly tri­umph.

Most re­cently, she re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for her por­trayal of Judy Gar­land in Chan­nel 7’s hit minis­eries Pe­ter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door.

Thorn­ton just may sur­prise again with her next un­ex­pected ven­ture — a new pro­duc­tion of hit mu­si­cal Fid­dler on the Roof star­ring along­side An­thony War­low, Mark Mitchell and Lior.

“I like to mix it up,” she told the Her­ald Sun at the Princess Theatre yes­ter­day.

“I sup­pose I like jump­ing off cliffs, metaphor­i­cally.

“I think when some­thing feels like a chal­lenge that you’re just not sure whether you can meet, it’s a strong rec­om­men­da­tion for giv­ing it a go. That’s the way you grow as a cre­ative per­son. It’s the only way to grow re­ally.”

Thorn­ton has been jump­ing off ca­reer cliffs for more than 30 years.

Who could for­get, if they’re old enough, The Man from Snowy River films or the tele­vi­sion minis­eries All The Rivers Run?

But it was her role as small-town mag­is­trate Laura Gib­son in hit TV show Sea Change, along­side Wil­liam McInnes, that sparked a real-life so­cial trend later dubbed “The Si­grid Fac­tor”.

What’s less known is Thorn­ton’s tri­umph on stage — in A Street­car Named De­sire for Perth’s Black Swan, and in The Blue Room for the Mel­bourne Theatre Com­pany, among oth­ers.

Her only other per­for­mance in a mu­si­cal, though, was in A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic for Opera Aus­tralia in 2009, again op­po­site An­thony War­low. “An­thony is with­out doubt one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cal theatre per­form­ers in the coun­try, but also one of the most gifted per­form­ers in the world,” Thorn­ton said. Be­tween War­low and di­rec­tor Roger Hodg­man, Thorn­ton didn’t need much arm twist­ing to jump on board for Fid­dler on the Roof. It opens at the re­fur­bished Princess Theatre on De­cem­ber 29, for six weeks only, and then trans­fers to Syd­ney’s Capi­tol Theatre from March 24.

The cast is about to start re­hearsals.

“I have to say that the only other time I’ve per­formed in a mu­si­cal was re­ally one of the most joyous ex­pe­ri­ences of my work­ing life,” Thorn­ton said.

“I just loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with an orches­tra. The multi-task­ing that in­volves in quite chal­leng­ing.

“I will put every­thing into this job once we start ... I’m in very trust­wor­thy hands so I don’t think they’ll let me get away with any­thing.”

Fid­dler on the Roof.

Lior, Si­grid Thorn­ton and Mark Mitchell, at the Princess Theatre, will join An­thony War­low (be­low) in

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