Toft seek­ing to add own touch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

FOL­LOW­ERS of Glas­ton Toft’s ca­reer will have no­ticed a trend on the mu­sic theatre per­former’s re­sume to­wards play­ing real-life char­ac­ters.

“It’s an ac­ci­den­tal trend but I think it comes more from the for­mat of a mu­si­cal it­self,” Toft said.

“I think the bi­o­graph­i­cal mu­si­cal is more pop­u­lar now than it was 10 years ago; it’s prob­a­bly a niche for me but also for the art form.

“It goes a bit fur­ther and peo­ple don’t have to sus­pend their dis­be­lief watch­ing two witches talk about First World prob­lems on stage.”

WAAPA grad­u­ate Toft had a week in 2013 where he got his wis­dom teeth out be­tween fin­ish­ing the Perth sea­son of Jersey Boys play­ing Four Sea­sons mem­ber Nick Massi and flying home to Melbourne to take part in the first work­shop of Georgy Girl – The Seek­ers Mu­si­cal.

He is now fill­ing the shoes as Seek­ers mem­ber Athol Guy on dou­ble bass and vo­cals in the show that tours to Crown Theatre Perth, July 8 to 31.

“Be­ing on the journey from the start is some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen all too of­ten,” the fa­ther of two said.

“A lot of these big shows, like Jersey Boys, come over to Aus­tralia where they’ve al­ready seen 10 other guys do the same role and tell you what works best.

“There’s not a lot of free­dom to have any kind of cre­ative in­put, whereas with some­thing like this, we’re still mak­ing a few ad­just­ments and tin­ker­ing with it.”

Georgy Girl – The Seek­ers Mu­si­cal fol­lows the group from its early days in Melbourne through to 1960s Aus­tralian icon sta­tus to to­day.

“The show is about these four kids from Melbourne who are gung-ho about their folk mu­sic and have the chutz­pah to go out there and make it hap­pen,” Toft said.

“It’s a buzz to play Athol; he has led a big life and takes a lot of his con­tri­bu­tion to the group for granted but I re­ally recog­nise he was pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing the group’s suc­cess.”

World of their own: Glas­ton Toft, far right, with the rest of the Georgy Girl cast.

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