Cop­ping a part in opera cop­per cast as a bad­die

Newslink - - NEWS - By RACHAEL KELLY

Who bet­ter to play a Rus­sian con­sta­ble in the Fid­dler on the Roof show than Gore’s own po­lice se­nior sergeant.

Richard McPhail is tread­ing the boards in a small walk-on part in the Gore Mu­si­cal Theatre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion.

‘‘I’m play­ing a bit of a bad guy in the end,’’ McPhail said.

McPhail was in the Gore Reper­tory So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of Weird Sis­ters last year, which was pro­duced by Jan Mathis-Collins, who is pro­duc­ing this year’s show.

‘‘She said she’d find me a small part be­cause I’m not a singer,’’ McPhail said.

‘‘It gets me out of my com­fort zone, but I en­joy it. We have a lot of laughs, a lot of fun and there’s a lot of hard work done by the cast.’’

Jug­gling his polic­ing com­mit­ments with re­hearsals had been dif­fi­cult but with open­ing night only a week away he was now into the full swing of it.

‘‘It’s been in­ter­est­ing com­ing and go­ing from re­hearsals and watch­ing the leads de­velop.’’

‘‘It’s an amaz­ing show, great dancing and singing, and a lot of fa­mil­iar songs.’’

How­ever, the act­ing had not been his big­gest chal­lenge.

‘‘It’s been watch­ing ev­ery­one else’s beards grow – I strug­gled to grow a beard so I grew a goa­tee in­stead.’’

Photo: RACHAEL KELLY/ FAIR­FAX NZ 629709588 Photo: EVAN HARD­ING/FAIR­FAX NZ

Golden girl : Sophie Davis, 7, is a New Zealand high­land dancing na­tional cham­pion.

Live on stage: Se­nior Sergeant Richard McPhail of Gore has a walk-on part in Fid­dler OnTheRoof.

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