Show all Go as Keren thrives

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After re­spond­ing to a dis­tress call from the South Can­ter­bury Drama League in late May, Keren Go is thriv­ing on the chance to play Christ­mas Eve in the league’s pro­duc­tion of Av­enue Q.

The show, de­scribed as a com­ing of age tale that cov­ers adult themes and in­cor­po­rates pup­pets, is run­ning at the Play­house The­atre un­til September 16.

Go, 30, was cho­sen after league mem­ber Chris Thomas put the call out for an Asian ac­tress to fill the role, as stip­u­lated by the com­pany that holds the rights to the pro­duc­tion.

She had taken part in drama pro­duc­tions back home in the Philip­pines, through school and her church, but had lit­tle the­atri­cal in­volve­ment since ar­riv­ing in New Zealand in 2008.

Cast and crew mem­bers had been sup­port­ive, she said.

It was ‘‘nice to be around peo­ple who also like the same things you do, who also like per­form­ing’’.

Christ­mas Eve was fun to play, she said.

‘‘She’s ev­ery stereo­type I can think of. She speaks in a very nasal high voice, she’s al­most al­ways shout­ing at Brian.’’

Eve was also quite an­gry. ‘‘To do that all the time it’s very tax­ing ... it takes a toll.... But over­all it’s a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for me.’’

In­ter­act­ing with the pup­pets in the show was a bit weird at first. ‘‘I’ve never done any­thing like it be­fore,’’ she said.

Ini­tially she fo­cused on the ac­tor hold­ing the pup­pet, but learned to speak to the pup­pet in­stead.

Matt Deav­oll plays two pup­pet char­ac­ters in the show, Rod and Prince­ton.

Us­ing pup­pets was a ‘‘bit of an ex­pe­ri­ence’’ and it took a while to get used to us­ing them, Deav­oll said.

‘‘You’re not act­ing as your­self as you usu­ally would,’’ he said.

He and the other ac­tors had worked hard to ‘‘put life’’ into their pup­pets, he said.

It was also tricky get­ting used to hold­ing the pup­pet up and keep­ing it up­right when his arm felt fa­tigued.

See for book­ing de­tails.


Cast mem­bers Aaron Se­gar, Keren Go and Shardous Wy­nen.

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