Dream role for young per­former

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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