The Ugly One – Meet the Cast

Find out a little about the talented cast of The Ugly One with our Q & A session.

Cast member Bryn DuFresne-Mann
Bryn DuFresne-Mann

Introducing Bryn DuFresne-Mann. Playing the character of Lette.

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have ever seen?
A. FAQ starring Michael Hurst.

Q. What role would you love to play that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
A. The Joker (Heath Ledger style)

Q. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you? A. Owen Wilson.

Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened in the rehearsal room?
A. Indian version of “Luck be a Lady”

Q. How are you the same or different to the character/s you play?
A. Same: I can be outspoken and boisterous. Different: I am not stupid (I hope)

Q. What is your next creative project? A. Whatever comes my way.

Q. What is your favourite restaurant or hangout place in Nelson? A. Harry’s Bar.

 

Keith Marshall
Keith Marshall

Introducing Keith Marshall. Playing the two characters of Scheffler.

Recent productions include The Addams Family (Gomez Addams) with Nelson Musical Theatre. In 2014 ensemble cast member in “Oh What a Lovely War” also with Nelson Musical Theatre. Before that I was one of thousands of performers in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Huge hiatus from performing since 1984 Hastings Operatic Society’s production of “The Sound of Music” (Captain von Trapp) And I have my Grade 5 Trinity College Musical Theatre Exam which means I am able to sing and dance as competently as any 12-13 year old!!

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have ever seen?
A. The most memorable evening at the theatre was in London in 2003 – The Breath of Life with Maggie Smith and Judi Dench – a magic two handed master class in acting

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have seen in Nelson?
A. Have only been in Nelson for a couple of years, but that would have to be the Nelson Musical Theatre’s most recent production Spamalot. Great performances, productions and belly laughs a plenty.

Q. What role would you love to play that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
A. Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz” or any other larger than life character with a few good songs

Q. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you?
A. Hugo Weaving – there was a time when I was constantly mistaken for him when I lived in Sydney.

Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened in the rehearsal room?
A. There have been too many fluffed lines to recall!!

Q. How are you the same or different to the character/s you play?
A. Both the Scheffler’s have a largely unshakable belief that they are absolutely right in everything they say and do to beyond the point of self-confidence. Sometimes that is at odds with my approach to life which is a lot more sensitive to how people are feeling or might be affected to my words and actions.

Q. What is your next creative project?
A. Getting prepared for my Grade 6 Trinity College Music Theatre exam later this year,

Q. What is your favourite comedy (movie/theatre/comedian)?
A. I am a sucker for a good laugh, but I know that Blake Edwards “Victor/Victoria” is probably my all-time favourite.

Q. Do you have any surprising skills or talents that a person would not guess just by looking at you?
A. No – what you see is what you get – no hidden talents

Q. What is your favourite restaurant or hangout place in Nelson?
A. Love to hang out at Tahuna Beach – still sampling my way round Nelson eateries

 

Louise Sables
Louise Sables

Introducing Louise Sables – Playing the three characters of Fanny.

Her recent shows include The Addams Family as Morticia with Nelson Musical Theatre, Gypsy as Momma Rose with the University of Canterbury Musical Theatre Society and directed Month Python’s Spamalot with Nelson Musical Theatre.

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have ever seen?
A. The Threepenny Opera ATC – I heart Brecht!

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have seen in Nelson?
A. I haven’t been in Nelson long enough yet but I’m going to be super bias and say Nelson a Musical Theatre’s production of Spamalot- I got to see the whole process from the directors chair and watch that incredible cast do their thing!

Q. What role would you love to play that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
A. I have a list! To name a few: Abigail Williams from The Crucible, Madame Thenardier from Les Miserables, Sally Brown from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Mrs Lovett from Sweeny Todd and Lady (rhymes with Shmacbeth) from ‘that Scottish Play’.

Q. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you?
A. I have been told it would be Renée Zellweger- I must have something Bridget Jones about me.

Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened in the rehearsal room?
A. As I write this I have only had one rehearsal but I think finding out that 50% of the cast are named Bryn was quite amusing.

Q. How are you the same or different to the character/s you play?
A. I think my characters are like caricatures of emotions and personas we all feel and embody at some point so I can pick out parts in all of them that are similar to me. Some aspects are wildly different though- and I hope when you see the show that they are obvious to you or else I’d be greatly offended.

After almost 6 years of study I finally finished with a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications and a f***ing giant student loan. I currently work in radio and very much enjoy it. Born in New Castle upon Tyne, raised in Auckland but have lived in Christchurch for 3 years while studying at the New Zealand Broadcasting School and now life brings me to Nelson. I don’t really belong to any other groups in Nelson as theatre usurps all my time.

Q. What is your next creative project?
A. I’m playing Rizzo in Grease with Nelson Musical Theatre.

Q. What is your favourite comedy (movie/theatre/comedian)?
A. Favourite comedian is Peter Kay- if you don’t know him, youtube him right now!

Q. Do you have any surprising skills or talents that a person would not guess just by looking at you?
A. I speak french, and can moon walk.

Q. What is your favourite restaurant or hangout place in Nelson?
A. Kush Coffee!!

Bryn Rowland
Bryn Rowland

Introducing Bryn Rowland. Playing the two characters of Karlmann.

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have ever seen?
A. Derren Brown – Evening of Wonders this was my favourite piece of theatre because I am really into magic and hypnotism and Derren Brown is the best at it. I didn’t see it live unfortunately but none the less massively entreating and mystical.

Q. What is the best piece of theatre you have seen in Nelson?
A. Alvin Sputnik – this was a play I saw in year 10 and it is still my favourite piece of theatre a story about a man who goes to the bottom of the sea to save the earth and his wife’s soul. Cute, emotional and inspiring all done with hand puppets.

Q. What role would you love to play that you haven’t had a chance to yet?
A. An all-powerful being like god or the devil himself or a time traveller.

Q. If your life was made into a movie, who would play you? A. Tom Hiddleston or Michael Fassbender

Q. What is the funniest thing that has happened in the rehearsal room?
A. During the first reading of this play accidentally cracking high and deciding to stick with it and creating the voice for my character.

Q. How are you the same or different to the character/s you play?
A. I feel like I am inbetween both of my characters. One is brave and macho and the other is wimpy and pathetic.

Q. What is your next creative project? A. I am planning on writing a book at the moment its always been a passion of mine and I’m finally glad I can pursue it.

Q. What is your favourite comedy (movie/theatre/comedian)?
A. Mr Bean’s holiday. Mr Bean is always been my favourite comedy show ever since I was a little kid and the movie did not disappoint.

Q. Do you have any surprising skills or talents that a person would not guess just by looking at you?
A. Not really I have never broken or sprained a bone if that counts

Q. What is your favourite restaurant or hangout place in Nelson?
A. Sinful café, mainly for the amazing coffee and great atmosphere.