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the last twelve
the crowds on the West
End with her perform-
ance as Sophie in Mam-
ma Mia, Sophia Ragave-
las returns to Australia
to take up a role in James
Millar's home grown
That Ragavelas should
find herself in a career
in the performing arts
seems almost a foregone
to the triple threat (she
sings, dances and acts),
arts and music "have al-
ways been a huge part of
"I grew up listening to my parents and brother singing and my
Dad is an awesome Greek dancer," she confesses, so it was a natu-
ral progression for "me to be on the stage." Indeed her first musical
memory was of Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain and ever since
then, a young Sophia has "dreamed of doing nothing else."
To ensure she had the best possible start in the entertainment biz,
Ragavelas trained at the London Studio Centre where she believes
her lessons prepared her "extremely well for working in the indus-
try." Although according to Ragavelas, nothing beats on-stage ex-
perience for honing your craft. Her first role on stage was in Jesus
Christ Superstar where she played in the chorus - a far cry from the
leading roles she commands today.
When approached to take a role in LoveBites, Ragavelas admits
to being thrilled by the prospect of joining the cast. "I heard won-
derful things about the writers; it was easy to say yes!"
Whilst most performers may blanch at having to break into song,
Ragavelas confesses it's natural for her. "I don't even really think
about it!" Still she does agree that musical theatre can be challeng-
ing for an actor: "Keeping the audience involved while you are
singing is a challenge, but I approach this like I would approach
text in a straight play and let the vocals speak for themselves,
therefore keeping the audience engaged at all times."
One of the plotlines in which Ragavelas is involved revolves
around a same-sex relationship -- how did she approach playing a
lesbian love story? "For me it is the same as approaching any love
story, we love who we love, regardless of sex."
It is for this reason that Ragavelas believes the musical will reso-
nate for audiences. "People will recognise so many of the relation-
ships and different types of love that we all experience at some
point in our lives," says Ragavelas. "I hope they will have a fantas-
tic evening of fun and laughs."
LoveBites plays at the Seymour Centre until December 5.
Sophia Ragavelas tackles loves’ trials and
tribulations in LoveBites. By Cec Busby.
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