Room for more fun

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Sara Fitz­patrick

JUG­GLING three roles in the one play, An­dreas Lohmeyer is a nar­ra­tor, bird and evil dragon in the chil­dren’s pro­duc­tion Room on the Broom.

And as you would imag­ine, play­ing the bad­die is the most fun.

“The dragon is the vil­lain of the piece, kind of like Mar­lon Brando in Apoc­a­lypse Now; the whole story is build­ing up to his mo­ment,” Lohmeyer said.

“But re­ally, he’s just a mis­un­der­stood soul.”

Based on the chil­dren’s pic­ture book by Ju­lia Donaldson, Room on the Broom tells the tale of a witch and her cat as they jour­ney on a broom­stick, pick­ing up an­i­mal friends – in­clud­ing the bird, which is pup­pet op­er­ated – along the way.

“I’d pre­vi­ously worked on the stage pro­duc­tion of The Gruf­falo’s Child, also by Donaldson, and through do­ing that I dis­cov­ered these books and re­alised they were the next gen­er­a­tion’s Hairy Maclary and Spot from when we were younger,” Lohmeyer said.

“The show is a lot of fun be­cause the kids come along and some of them dress up and know the words; it’s adorable.

“Ul­ti­mately the story is about work­ing to­gether and find­ing new friends. At the end, the witch and cat dis­cover that they couldn’t have de­feated the dragon with­out work­ing to­gether and that’s a beau­ti­ful re­al­i­sa­tion for them.”

The Ade­laide-born, Syd­ney­based ac­tor, who grad­u­ated from WAAPA three years ago, said his big­gest chal­lenge in the show was learn­ing how to be a pup­peteer.

“It has been a new thing for me; a great, fun chal­leng­ing skill to learn,” Lohmeyer said.

“The kids re­act so beau­ti­fully to the pup­pets be­cause we don’t pre­tend not to be there.

“You see some pup­pet shows and the pup­peteers are in black, kind of hid­ing, and we are very much in vis­i­ble cos­tumes be­cause we jump in and out of them to be the nar­ra­tors.

“You watch the kids and they are to­tally spell­bound by these re­ally beau­ti­ful pup­pets and they just for­get you are there and are com­pletely in­vested in these char­ac­ters.”

After ap­pear­ing in the play, Lohmeyer will per­form in Fringe World Fes­ti­val shows Lu­cid­ity and Dirty Peo­ple.

An­dreas Lohmeyer, Nat Jobe, Crys­tal Hegedis and Chan­del Rose star in Room on the Broom.

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