Some Finn in the air
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 narrator 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.