IT requires a lot of energy and vocal endurance for Erika Heynatz to play 1920s actress Lina Lamont in Australian production Singin’ in the Rain but she is having a blast as the noisy character.
“We had a dialect coach teach me how to lift my larynx when I talk,” Heynatz said.
“So it’s fine, although I’m sure it hurts everyone else’s ears more than it does mine.
“It’s such an iconic musical and she is this incredibly glamorous Hollywood starlet that it gives me permission to have the ultimate diva meltdown, which really appeals to me.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to play a comedic role; she’s such a great character and I love the arc of her story.”
Heynatz, who is based in Sydney, loved the role so much that she did not hesitate taking it on despite rehearsals starting only three months after her son Charlie was born.
It followed a recurring guest role on Home and Away and parts in musicals Legally Blonde and The Rocky Horror Show.
Singin’ in the Rain has had seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide before it opens at Crown Theatre Perth on December 31.
“A lot of people asked me what I was thinking but my dad was in the Navy, so we moved around so much and my mum was very reassuring,” Heynatz said.
“She said babies were very adaptable and I think it’s all about the nurturing environment you create for them.
“I’m with Charlie all day and then come into work at night; I run it like a military operation down to the last minute.
“That’s how we roll and even my husband can’t break any of the rules.
“I’m loving being a mum. The fact that I get to do what I love most professionally and get to have a family; it feels like a very abundant time for me.”
What: Singin’ in the Rain
Where: Crown Theatre Perth
When: from December 31