Copping a part in opera

RACHAEL KELLY
Last updated 11:31 30/07/2014
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LIVE ON STAGE: Senior Sergeant Richard McPhail of Gore has a walk-on part in Fiddler On The Roof.

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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."

FAST FACTS

What: Gore Musical Theatre's Fiddler On The Roof

When: August 1-9

Tickets: Available from SBS St James Theatre, Gore

Matinee shows: Sunday August 3 and Saturday August 9.

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