Show all Go as Keren thrives
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.
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Cast members Aaron Segar, Keren Go and Shardous Wynen.