This week we caught up with Dramacube actor Amber Westgate who has been nominated at this years’ Richmond Arts Swan Awards.
Amber congratulations on receiving your nomination for the Richmond Arts Swan Awards in the category of Best Girl Performer aged 14 and under.
Which show were you nominated for and which role did you play?
I have been nominated for the show ELF, and I played the role of Mrs. Greenway.
Being nominated for Best Girl Performer is a huge achievement. Can you explain how you prepared for the role and what you did to create your character?
When I was preparing for the role, first I started by researching the character to find out her backstory and her likes and dislikes so that when I played her it would be more realistic. I also watched other peoples’ interpretation of her character to help develop my own unique idea of Mrs. Greenway. This would help me to portray her in a way that I could relate to.
Playing a principle role often requires lots of line learning. What techniques did you use to learn your lines and can you offer any top tips?
When I first receive a script I usually have a deadline to learn all my parts, which has been set by the director. If not I will create my own deadlines. Then I will read over my scenes a few times. I will then pick one scene first, usually the longest and keep reading that over and over again. Once I feel like I know the scene I will test myself a few times, I then redo these steps over again for my other scenes!
Did you have many songs to learn in the show and which was your favourite?
I had lots of ensemble songs to learn for Elf, however I only had one song where I was playing Mrs. Greenway, ‘The story of Buddy the elf’. However my favourite song was definitely ‘Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingle’ because it was so upbeat and fun to dance!
What did you enjoy most about the rehearsal process?
I enjoyed seeing all the other cast members, show how they decided to portray their characters and watching the show come together.
What did you enjoy most about performing at Hampton Hill Theatre?
I enjoyed how big the stage and wings were at the theatre and having a professional sound system, and lighting system!
We done again for receiving your nomination and we wish you the very best of luck at the Swan Awards ceremony.