Previously, Glam Adelaide’s Arts Editor, Brian Godfrey, interviewed the female lead of Segue Productions’ Heathers: The Musical, Millicent Sarre. He thought it only fair to even up the playing field and interview the actor playing the male lead ‘J.D.’, Gus Robson.
B.G: Hi Gus, can you give us an idea of what performing means to you?
G.R: Although it may seem phony to some, I’m passionate about those special moments, the visceral feelings and emotions that theatre,
and in particular musical theatre can elicit. When I’m performing, I’m always conscious that my performance helps tell a bigger story that, if all goes well, impacts the audience – to me, that is an honour and a privilege – no matter what the role I may have.
G.R: Why did you audition for ‘Heathers’?
G.R: I ended up auditioning for ‘Heathers’ because the opportunity to play a role like JD both excited and daunted me. I knew from the outset that I would have to grow and push myself to portray such a deceivingly deep character with such a satisfying character arc.
B.G: Describe the character of ‘JD’ and any difficulties in portraying him.
G.R: To me, Jason ‘JD’ Dean is an outsider. Growing up, due to his dad’s work he never really had a stable home environment and the chance to form genuine human connections. With the help of Kristin (Stefanoff – Musical Director), Ashleigh (Rathjen-Robson – Choreographer) and Ben (Stefanoff – Director), I’ve been supported to delve deeper into my character to infer and evaluate why JD acts as he does throughout the show. His past is tragic and I’ve found myself during heightened moments throughout the show, struggling to know where the boundaries lies between him as me. I feel for the guy.
B.G: Is there anything more that you would like to say?
G.R: It has been an absolute pleasure to get to work with such a loving and talented group of people. I don’t think you can attack the material in ‘Heathers’ properly unless you truly have a supportive team around you.
“Are you in?”
Interview by Brian Godfrey
Heathers: The Musical is playing at the Goodwood Institute, 166 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood, from 13 Sept 2019 (8pm) and then runs 14th (2pm & 8pm), 18th (8pm), 19th (8pm),
20th (8pm) and 21st (2pm & 8pm).
Ticket prices are: Adults: $35, Concession: $30, Special Price Night – Wednesday September 18: $27, Group discounts are available
online, or by phoning the company directly (0472 600 850): 10+ tickets: $28
(All ticket prices include a 50c booking and handling fee, which applies to
both phone and internet sales.)
Bookings can be made by clicking here