New theatre role casts spell on Hamlyn Heights actress

THEATRE MAGIC: Hamlyn Heights' Amanda LaBonte appears in the latest stage production of Harry Potter.

She dropped out of a law degree, fell in love and landed on stage.

Now thespian Amanda LaBonte’s playing three roles, spanning family life in Hamlyn Heights, running a local theatre company, and appearing in the latest Harry Potter stage production at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

Amanda shares her story with Elissa Friday in the latest edition of Geelong Coast magazine (GC), including insights into her joy of acting.

“There are always laughs,” she says.

“But what often happens within the cast stays within the cast, and the audience doesn’t even know about it.

“There’s a core group of us who end up in the green room battling it out on the table tennis, and that’s become part of our ritual in preparation as well. Side-stage is where you become really focused and any nerves are controlled with breathing.”

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