Life is a Cabaret for Pare­mata’s Rosie

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Pare­mata song­bird Greer Sa­muel has played the good girl all her life but is swap­ping her jeans and sneak­ers for stilet­tos and fish­nets for a risky role in Cabaret.

She plays Kit Kat Klub girl Rosie in the Welling­ton Mu­sic Academy’s stage pro­duc­tion of the 1972 film, im­mor­talised by Liza Min­nelli, run­ning at The Gar­den Club in Welling­ton.

Ms Sa­muel was the far more coy Gabriella in the New Zealand ver­sion of High School Mu­si­cal in 2006, her first shot at mu­si­cal the­atre.

‘‘ High School Mu­si­cal was four years ago now. It seems like it was such a long time ago. I re­ally wanted to do Cabaret be­cause I’m 19 now and [the role] is a lot more grown up; but also hav­ing Cabaret on my reper­toire of mu­si­cal the­atre and be­ing able to say I was in a ma­jor stage pro­duc­tion like this is great.’’

She also re­cently scored the role of Sammy in the Emmy Award-win­ning on­line se­ries Reser­voir Hill, which is filmed in Aotea.

‘‘[ Reser­voir Hill] is a bit harder be­cause char­ac­ter-wise you have to take on your char­ac­ter week by week in­stead on know­ing what her mo­tive is down the line, but it’s cool. It keeps things fresh.’’

Bring­ing out her ‘‘ raunchy’’ side to play Rosie has taken some get­ting used to, she says.

‘‘ She’s pretty much a pros­ti­tute and our cos­tumes are just these fish­nets and these undie things. I have to ex­plain to my boyfriend, ‘ Now, peo­ple are go­ing to be touch­ing me, but it’s only act­ing’.

‘‘I’m one of the youngest in the cast. They laugh at how com­fort­able I am get­ting into peo­ple’s space and just be­ing out there, but you have to be ma­ture and pro­fes­sional about it. When it comes down to it, it’s act­ing and there’s noth­ing per­sonal about it. I feel re­ally lucky to be work­ing along- side such an ex­pe­ri­enced and amaz­ing cast.’’

Ms Sa­muel is still de­cid­ing what her ul­ti­mate ca­reer path will be, but she says if she keeps work­ing hard one day she’ll fig­ure it out.

All the pro­ceeds from Cabaret go to the Life Flight Trust.

Cabaret runs un­til Novem­ber 13. For book­ings visit dashtick­ets.co.nz.

Stage star­let: Pare­mata song­bird Greer Sa­muel hits the stage for the first time in four years as raunchy Rosie in the stage pro­duc­tion of Cabaret in Welling­ton.

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