Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - TRAINING & EDUCATION -

COMO res­i­dent Richard Ma­ganga will em­bark on a jour­ney through the world of break-ups, make-ups and mu­sic ob­ses­sions this March on stage in the mu­si­cal ver­sion of High Fi­delity.

Based on the book by Nick Hornby, the show ex­plores love, life and the im­por­tance mu­sic plays as the sound­track to both.

The story fol­lows Rob Gor­don, a Brook­lyn record shop owner who is ob­sessed with mak­ing top five lists for ev­ery­thing and al­ways ob­serv­ing life, rather than par­tic­i­pat­ing.

When his girl­friend Laura leaves him, he goes through a painful re-eval­u­a­tion of life­with some help from mu­sic and learns he needs to let go of his self-cen­tred views to find hap­pi­ness.

High Fi­delity was adapted into a film in 2000 fea­tur­ing John Cu­sack and Jack Black.

Ma­ganga plays Barry, an in­di­vid­ual ob­sessed with mu­sic and be­ing able to per­form it for other peo­ple.

“He is very picky about the way things are or­gan­ised in the record shop, but he also has a soft spot for a girl he barely has the courage to talk to,” Ma­ganga said.

“The main chal­lenge is be­ing able to bring some­thing fresh to a role that is re­ally pop­u­lar and mak­ing Barry my own cre­ation.”

Act­ing for the past three years, Ma­ganga has per­formed at a num­ber of lo­cal the­atres and re­ceived a best sup­port­ing ac­tor nom­i­na­tion for his role in Sweet Char­ity at the an­nual Lime­light Theatre Awards.

“High Fi­delity ap­pealed be­cause I loved the movie with John Cu­sack,” Ma­ganga said.

“I liked the story and the idea of be­ing able to turn it into a mu­si­cal seemed ex­cit­ing.”

Photo: Kris­ten Twynam-Perkins

Como res­i­dent Richard Ma­ganga, David Wal­lace and Kyle Kash are ap­pear­ing in High Fi­delity this March.

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