With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony fast approaching, this week we caught up with award nominee Lili Ram.
Which role have you been nominated for and in which production?
I have been nominated for playing Annie in the 2017 Christmas production of Annie Jr.
Tell us about your audition and what you did to get the part?
Well, when I first watched the film, I loved the songs so much that I memorised them – so I had a head start! I was really excited about which role I would get. I was aiming for Mollie because she has some funny lines!
How did you prepare for the role?
I practiced on my own every day during quiet reading at school and went through the whole script with my mum or my dad every week or two at home.
What did you love the most about your character?
I just love how Annie is a bit of a rebel so it is fun when you can put some attitude into your character!
What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?
One big challenge was when I had to be sad and cry when talking about her parents, also when taking off the locket. I had to think about sad things in those moments like how I miss my grandfather.
What techniques did you use to learn your lines?
I am not exactly sure because when I go over my lines a couple of times, they just click. For longer lines I had to memorise one part after another and then put it all together.
How did you feel on the first night?
I felt like I was going to explode with excitement! I knew whatever I did on the night, I would give it more than my best and it would be amazing.
What was your favourite part about performing the show?
The end! When we bowed because we all came together as a group, sang NYC and it was just amazing!
We’d like to thank Lili for taking time to share her experience with us and wish her the very best of luck at the awards evening in Teddington on Sunday 30th September.