With the Arts Richmond Swan Awards ceremony fast approaching, this week we caught up with award nominee William Massie.
Which role have you been nominated for and in which production?
Oliver Warbucks in Annie.
Tell us about your audition and what you did to get the part?
We played fun games. We sang around the piano which I really got into.
How did you prepare for the role?
Lots of reading through with my mum. We also watched the original movie which was awesome.
What did you love the most about your character?
Mr. Warbucks starts off being a hard business man but when he meets Annie his fun and loving side breaks through.
What was the biggest challenge you faced when developing the role?
Getting the timing right with lots of movements around the stage and dancing and singing at the same time!
What techniques did you use to learn your lines?
Always having the script with me and imagining I was on a stage even when I was reading it in the kitchen. Singing the songs from the moment I got up in the morning until I went to bed at night. I drove my family mad!!
How did you feel on the first night?
Excited and desperate to get on with it.
What was your favourite part about performing the show?
Being part of a great group and knowing that we had all worked so hard to get there. It was brilliant to have so many friends and family in the audience supporting us too! I can’t wait to do it again!!
We’d like to thank William for taking time to share his experience with us and wish him the very best of luck at the awards evening in Teddington on Sunday 30th September.