WHEN Laura Gundrill saw her first play, she was a year away from beginning high school and couldn’t wait to perform on stage herself.
The Wangaratta local began high school in 1997 and immediately kicked off her acting passion, outside of the family lounge room.
“The instant gratification from the audience reactions I really enjoy,” she said.
“They change from show to show…I also love being able to become someone else and tell their story.
“I’ve been part of The Wangaratta Players since 2013 and have been part of many shows.
“Some standouts have been Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Mums The Word, and Company.
“For Company I had the privilege of learning one of the fastest songs in musical theatre.
“In the past I’ve become accustomed to playing characters that are slightly crazy and a little out of touch with reality.
“Apart from theatre I love to bake and elaborately decorate cakes when I get the chance.
“I thoroughly enjoy my job at Bertsy and Co, a beautiful and busy cafe here in Wangaratta on Ovens Street.
“Another favourite pastime of mine is to go to the cinema with my partner Zach and I also try to support as much local regional theatre as I can.
“I think more people should absolutely be involved in theatre; there is nothing like that thrill you get before stepping out from the wings.
“As well as all the excitement and fun, theatre teaches you self-awareness and life skills such as communication and focus.”
Laura said her son Flynn may also be interested in theatre one day.
“Flynn is very much a fun loving, out-going child,” she said.
“He enjoyed seeing me in Allegro Theatre Company’s Beauty and the Beast last year and has shown a lot of interest in singing and dancing on stage ‘like mum’.
“There are no other friends quite like your theatre family and I would love for him to experience that.”
Not only is Laura a talented actor in live setting, she has also been in a range of films.
“I am in an award winning short film called ‘One Love’ written and directed by local filmmaker Charlie Williams which is doing extremely well in the USA at the moment,” she said.
“Although theatre is my first love I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed appearing as an extra in a locally filmed feature film ‘The BBQ’ as well.”
Laura will be playing Sophie in the current Wangaratta Players production ‘Travelling North’.
“Sophie is in her early 30s in 1970s Australia; it is a progressive yet brief time when university has just become free in Australia and Sophie is faced with the choice of following her dreams and getting that degree or staying home and continuing to be ‘a good mother,” she said.
Travelling North will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 7.30pm with a matinee on Sunday, November 24 at 2pm 2019 at the The Stage Door 4D Evans Street.
To buy tickets go to https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=554778 or call Cheryll on 0402 031 265.
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