Mystery wrapped in an enigma


Oamaru Operatic Society’s Chicago, chin-deep in dirty deeds and all that jazz, opens at the Oamaru Opera House on Friday night. In the countdown to the opening night of the hit musical, Oamaru Mail reporter Jessie Waite catches up with some of the principal cast members…

Molly Callanan is a newcomer to Oamaru, having moved here in November, 2012, following the completion of an arts degree (a BA, majoring in English and History) at Victoria University in Wellington.

During her secondary school years at St Andrews College in Christchurch, Molly played a variety of roles in school productions, including Mabel in Fame, Julie in Carousel and Oolie in City of Angels.

Molly enjoys jazz singing, writing and when she is not busy working at Pulse Solutions, loves to spend time with her two adorable moggies Mischief and Merlin.

Who do you play in Chicago?

Mary Sunshine. A mystery wrapped in an enigma.

Have you found any similarities between yourself and the character?

I don’t know if I should answer this.

What have you enjoyed the most about being a part of Chicago?

Meeting new people, and the rehearsal process is exhausting but a lot of fun.

What has been the biggest challenge for you during rehearsals?

Keeping a straight face.

When you aren’t busy at rehearsal or working, what do you enjoy doing in the Waitaki District?

I’m a baby who can’t drive, but just going for walks around the district and finding new little spots to spend a sunny afternoon is always lovely!

If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?

Storm, because she has the raddest powers (weather control, lightning, cool hair), or Magneto. Not because I’m into villainous deeds. I just feel like telekinesis would help me be my best and laziest self. Or Sif (she counts, right?).

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