Starlight Express Bochum’s Marlon Moore, who plays Dustin and covers the role of Greaseball in the ever-popular German-language version of the show, answers a few of our questions in the latest of our series of Q&A’s with members of the cast.
Last November, TV presenter Sonya Kraus was in the specially-built Starlight Express Theatre (The Starlighthalle) to collect money for RED NOSE DAY. What was your part in this special evening?
I was playing Greaseball and picked Sonya up for skating on stage.
How was skating with Sonya?
It was great, she is brave to put skates on for the first time in front of all the people in the audience!
Was it fun? Why it was special for you?
I was very happy to be there with Sonya representing such a great charity.
How was Sonya on her skates?
She did very well for her first time, and didn’t fall over at all, not even in the rehearsal. Sonya was very polite to talk to, and very friendly to the cast. It was a pleasure to meet her.
How long have you been in the show in Bochum?
I started skate school and rehearsals in February last year, and began in the show in June 2010.
Had you seen Starlight Express before appearing in the show?
Yes, I saw the show when it was in the West End at the Apollo Victoria.
What do you think of the show?
The show is amazing to watch, as well as to perform in. It’s a real thrill of a show!
How does playing in Bochum differ to playing the show elsewhere in the world?
The stage and set are just so big, it’s incredible.
What are the Bochum audiences like?
Really good. Our shows are always busy with enthusiastic audiences.
What is it like performing the show in German, as it is not your first language?
It was difficult learning the phonetics for the songs, but once you pick it up, it’s very interesting learning to sing in a different language.
How was skate school – do you have any interesting stories?
Skate school was probably one of the most physically demanding things I have ever done, but so rewarding. Funniest experiences were probably the “Falling Down Game” and moments where people have fallen off the stage into the front row seats!
How do you get about offstage during the show – do you keep your skates on?
Keeping the skates on is easier. And you can get everywhere so much quicker.
Have you any disasters onstage – skating-related or otherwise?
My kingpin broke in ‘Rolling Stock’, that is where the front wheels of one of your skates breaks off! Wasn’t great for the people behind me!
What is your favourite song of the show?
‘Rolling Stock’, or ‘Pumping Iron’.
What is your favourite part of the show?
I think ‘Rolling Stock’, as it is such a strong opening.
What do you like most and least about performing this role?
Dustin is such a lovely, warm hearted character, he’s great fun to play, but the costume is not the easiest to skate in.
Are there any other roles in the show that you would like to play?
I am a cover for Greaseball, and really enjoy playing that role.
Was appearing in the show a personal ambition for you?
Yes, I have always wanted to be in Starlight Express.
What inspired you to pursue a career in musical theatre?
The love of performing, of being on stage. It just seemed to be a calling.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My family and my girlfriend are so supportive of me, I couldn’t ask for more.
What would your dream role be?
Have always wanted to play four roles, Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, Teen Angel in Grease, Pharoah in Joseph and Greaseball.
Do you miss anything about home when you are performing in Bochum?
I miss my family, nephew and my girlfriend.
Are the cast in Bochum very close?
Very. The “family environment” that everyone has here is really great.
How would you spend your perfect day off?
With my beautiful girlfriend.
For more information on the German production of Starlight Express, visit the official show website.
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