‘Nice to get spiffed up now and then’

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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…

Having lived in Oamaru since 1992, Dave Snow works at Gillies Metaltech in the engineering department.

Apart from his involvement in the Oamaru Operatic Society’s theatre restaurant last year, this will be his first stage show since his school days. But he’s no stranger to the entertainment scene, performing on hundreds of occasions with bands since 1979 and as MC for numerous functions.

Who do you play in Chicago?

Billy Flynn. Billy is a slick Chicago Lawyer who likes nothing more than money and publicity. He’d sell his mother in a flash – as long as he looked good doing it. And he’s one for the ladies.

Have you found any similarities between yourself and the character?

None, I’m glad to say. Although I must confess it’s nice to get spiffed up now and then.

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

The rest of the cast and crew. They are such a great bunch of people from all walks of life who enjoy performing arts. There’s so much talent in Oamaru and I think a lot of people don’t realise to what extent there is, unless you have lived away from the area.

What has been the biggest challenge for you during rehearsals?

Having to learn so many lines. I never was big on reading and for some reason, dialogue just doesn’t stick in the memory. I have to rehearse with the others to make it stick.

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

I’m a regular at the Penguin Club and have played in bands around Oamaru for what seems like too long at times. I’m currently the keyboard player with The Grizzlies. I’ve done a lot of behind the scenes work with the Harbour Street Jazz, Victorian Fete, Steampunk, Amped music project etc. I love to go driving with the top down in my 65 Triumph Herald, but only when the weather permits. Catching a movie at Limelight is another favourite – big screen is best.

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

Wow that’s a hard one. I’m sure the wife would say The Greatest American Hero from the 80s series, but I never was a big fan of the American-style tight wearing superheroes of Marval comic fame. I’d have to say Dr Who simply because he’s English, timeless, has a strange sense of humour, and saves the whole universe and time itself. Beat that, Spiderman.

Tickets for Chicago are available at www.ticketdirect.co.nz or at the Oamaru Opera House. The season runs from September 20 to 28.