Playing lovers can be a lifetime commitment for performers
MEETING for the first time playing lovers in Cabaret five years ago, Amanda Locker and Travis Hock's on stage romance has lasted long after the curtains closed.
"We were forced to spend time together by Karen (the director)," Travis said after being asked how he and Amanda became an item.
"We had to do everything together, to make it extremely believable on stage."
The pair met during the 2009 production of Cabaret at the Pilbeam Theatre and said since then they've never been apart.
"We were together so much I think we forgot how not to be," Amanda said.
"We both love this space and now we have a new love for it."
"It's been really cool though, doing this outside of work would put a lot of strain on a normal relationship, but for us it's something we both love doing," Travis said.
Now in rehearsals for Rockhampton Regional Council's production of Jesus Christ Superstar and Valentines Day not far away, the couple aren't the only pair in the cast who fell in love, in character.
Jesus Christ Superstar will open at the Pilbeam Theatre Friday, March 21 for a five performance season, concluding on Saturday, March 29.
Tickets are on sale now from the Pilbeam Theatre Box Office, Dial'n'Charge 49274111 and www.seeitlive.com.au.
Brad Villiers (who plays Judas) met his wife, Rachael (nee Byrne) when they both performed in Evita in 1996.
Claire Duffy (nee Janes, who plays Mary Magdalene) met her husband, Joel (assistant stage manager in Jesus Christ Superstar), when they both performed in West Side Story in 2007.
Travis is playing King Herod and Amanda is playing Simon.
But director Karen Crone said she's still waiting for Mr Right, after being in the business for three decades.
"I would just like everyone to know that I have been doing this professionally for 33 years and I'm still waiting to be swept off my feet. Any takers?" she said cheekily.
Listing her reasons as to why so many had found love in musical theatre, Karen said it could be a combination of things.
"Maybe it is the fact that they have a mutual love of the theatre, or perhaps because they spend so much time together during the production," she said.