Teacher catches the acting bug

01:43, Sep 04 2012
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Waitara High School teacher Dixon Lobb has taken up a role playing a transvestite at The Little Theatre.

Waitara High School teacher Dixon Lobb caught the acting bug so bad while putting together a production of the Greek legend Oedipus with his students - he's now a leading man himself.

"I always wanted to act but never had the chance to do it, then teaching the students gave me the motivation I needed," Lobb, who is playing the lead in the New Plymouth Little Theatre's production of Hot Stuff, said.

The 40-year-old, who last year played a small role as a policeman in the troupe's version of The Sex Fiend, is looking forward to his latest part - that of an arrogant transvestite.

He said teaching his students had made it easier to make the transition to the stage.

"It's quite different to teaching but it's just as fun," he said.

Lobb said he was comfortable playing any role that was given to him and had no problem taking on unusual roles.


"Every actor likes the chance to be someone else. I am sure I am not the only one," the father of two said.

Taranaki woman Christina Stachurski wrote Hot Stuff and the comedy centres around three women who have not told their partners they run the switchboard at a massage parlour.

Director John Lawson said Lobb was an exciting up-and- comer.

"He is very good, relatively new and already has the lead role in our show," Lawson said.

"It's going to be a great comedy Christmas show," Lawson said.

Hot Stuff runs from November 29 to December 15.

Sam Hunt is a Witt journalism student

Taranaki Daily News