It’s no or­di­nary role for Talei

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Sara Fitz­patrick

PLAY­ING four roles in the one pro­duc­tion sounds like a daunt­ing task, es­pe­cially when you must change char­ac­ters in an in­stant.

Mt Clare­mont ac­tor Talei How­ell-Price has this chal­lenge ahead in the new pro­duc­tion Je­sus: No Or­di­nary Life.

“I hope I don’t get my ac­cents and move­ments all in a tum­ble,” she said.

Luck­ily, the tal­ented mother-of-two – who has been hooked on act­ing since star­ring as Dorothy in The Wiz­ard of Oz in pri­mary school – has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence to see her stay afloat.

Ded­i­cat­ing the past 25 years to the pro­fes­sion, she has ap­peared in nu­mer­ous stage shows, TV pro­duc­tions and com­mer­cials.

She was nom­i­nated for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor at the 2007 and 2012 WA Eq­uity Guild Awards and won Best Screen Ac­tor at the 2001 WA Screen Awards.

In this lat­est show, writ­ten and di­rected by her hus­band Da­mon Lock­wood, How­ellPrice’s main char­ac­ter is an ad­ver­tis­ing guru.

“I’ve been em­ployed by a firm to find a way to boost church at­ten­dance,” she said.

“So we come up with the con­cept of hav­ing Je­sus and au­di­tion many ac­tors for the role.”

How­ell-Price hoped au­di­ence mem­bers ques­tioned the philo­soph­i­cal ideas at play in the script but ul­ti­mately en­joyed a good laugh.

“I feel there is not quite enough com­edy around to­day and peo­ple like go­ing to the theatre for a bit of an es­cape. Life is hard and com­edy shows like this are just a bit of good fun for peo­ple,” she said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d439072

Ac­tor Talei How­ell-Price on stage with pro­duc­tion crew and other cast mem­bers of Je­sus: No Or­di­nary Life.

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