Dream role for young performer
MUSICAL theatre performer Emily Langridge admits to making a bit of a public scene when she found out she had been chosen for the role of Cosette in Cameron Mackintosh’s Australian restaging of Les Miserables.
“I was in Priceline in Sydney with a whole lot of things at the checkout when my agent called,” the 2012 WAAPA graduate said.
“When he said they wanted to give me the role, I dropped my stuff, was so overwhelmed, apologised and walked out.”
Brisbane-born Langridge has experienced a dream run since graduating and moving to Melbourne, despite preparing for life as an out-of-work actor.
“I gave myself a year to just set myself up, get used to being out of uni and then after a couple of months I was cast in a Production Company show, then in Les Mis,” she said.
“It is definitely a dream role for where I am in my career now, so it’s great that I get to tick it off so soon. For me, it’s the perfect young soprano role.
“Vocally, it’s so comfortable, but at the same time a really exciting sing and I really love that I get to be that complete contrast to so many other people in the show.”
Langridge said that like the rest of the cast, she turned to Victor Hugo’s novel to prepare for her part, which proved a great source of information.
“As Les Miserables has progressed as a show, a lot of Cosette’s stuff has been condensed quite considerably.
“The book has way more information and so much about the characters in such detail.”
Langridge said she had been inspired by working with incredible performers like Patrice Tipoki and Simon Gleeson.
“As a young performer, getting to see the way they work in rehearsal, especially with the way they approached things and tackled roles, was amazing to learn,” she said.
Emily Langridge as Cosette with Euan Doidge as Marius.