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Whanganui Midweek - 2021-11-24

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Mum and daughter share stage

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Nadine Rayner

Megan Jaquiery and her daughter Sienna are enjoying rehearsing their parts in our New Year production of Fantastic Mr Fox. “I was told to come to the auditions and bring my two children, so I did,” Megan says. “I didn’t intend auditioning but Sienna was a bit nervous so I got up on the stage with her. I got the part of Mrs Fox and Sienna is one of the Fox children. It’s nice doing this fun thing together.” Megan’s son Ethan also won a part in Fantastic Mr Fox but decided his commitment to The Phantom of the Opera precluded involvement with another production. Sienna is also a talented young singer who made a really favourable impression on the audition panel. Sienna, who also enjoys art and cooking, loves animals. She found it hard to choose a favourite pet when I asked but she finally decided it was Caesar, her three-legged cat. This is quite a departure from the norm for Megan, whose last appearance onstage at Rep was in 1989 in Oh What A Lovely War. Since then she’s become a busy mother, a lawyer and farmer. “It’s important to spend time together,” Megan says, “so I decided to make time.” They agreed that the rehearsals are fun — “and everyone’s really nice,” Sienna adds.

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