Luke Cassar, a Maltese rising star who moved to London to fulfil his dreams in the performance arts industry, has recently been cast as ‘Eddie’ in Mamma Mia aboard the Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean Cruise ship. He talks to Philippa Zammit about his exciting new role as he packs his bags to set off to Miami.

 

1. HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START AS AN ACTOR AND DANCER, AND WHAT HAS IT TAKEN TO GET YOU TO THIS PARTICULAR TIME AND PLACE?

I’ve always been passionate for the Arts. It was a very unplanned turn of events that led me to this position. My sister applied in my name for the program ‘L-Isfida’ as an actor and was picked up for dance lessons (at the ‘Alison White Dance Studio’ under the tuition of the fantastic, Alison White) after, which led me to audition to a few musical theatre colleges in London. My only issue was; I was in an accountancy contract for five years. My option was to stay and be comfortable, or to take a risk and explore my passion to perform. I opted for the latter. It seemed way more satisfying. Now, I couldn’t be happier.

2. YOU’RE CURRENTLY LOCATED IN LONDON – WHAT HAS THAT CHANGE IN SCENERY BEEN LIKE?

I’m not sure how to answer this with a definite answer. It’s been a rollercoaster ride. Ups and downs of all sorts. I moved to London when I was 18, young and very inexperienced. The lack of family around and the financial difficulties were daily struggles. Now, I take full pride of having mastered being my own leader in my everyday life, and once again, I couldn’t be more satisfied. London is a place filled with people going about their lives. I guess that’s exactly what I’m doing -being focused and determined is what gets you through the month.

3. WE REMEMBER YOU AS ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN A LOCAL REALITY TV SHOW SFIDA. DO YOU THINK THIS CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR SUCCESS? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND SUCH TALENT SHOWS TO UP AND COMERS IN THE INDUSTRY?

Absolutely. L-Isfida was the turning point of my career. It helped me explore my passion for acting and discover new talents. I was new to the experience but I found myself having the biggest drive ever. I was determined to learn and to succeed. And that’s what helped me figure out what I wanted to do next. Thanks to Claudette Pace who hosted the programme as well as my acting tutors, Victor Debono and Alan Montanaro. If any talent show does come up once again, I would definitely recommend it to those who seek to continue the arts as a career. These programmes tend to seek out lots of talent as well as those who have lots of potential. I would love to see a programme like L-Isfida being produced again. It definitely made my dream come true.

4. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ROLE AS ‘EDDIE’ IN MAMMA MIA ABOARD THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS ROYAL interview CARIBBEAN CRUISE SHIP. MAMMA MIA IS ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSICALS OF THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS. WHAT WAS THE AUDITION PROCESS LIKE? WERE YOU A FAN BEFORE JOINING THE CAST?

Mamma Mia has always been on my bucket list. I think ABBA’s musical is the definition of a show that reaches out to the audience with its well known hits and its great story line that is told in the most exciting way. (I cannot wait!) The audition process is always a challenge. I went through eight rounds; dancing, singing and acting, and read-throughs for the character. They were an exhausting few days but it was all worthwhile after landing the job. I have always been secretly an ABBA fan. I’ve seen the movie far too many times. Hence, why I think it’s time for me to get onto the other side, and perform this fun-filled musical!

5. WAS IT TOUGH KEEPING THE NEWS A SECRET?

Not this time. I was so busy with everything going on in my life in London, that hiding it away was pretty simple. Yes, I was itching to tell my family. But it was all worth the wait.

6. WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD AS YOU GET READY TO FLY TO MIAMI THIS WEEK AND GET BACK INTO REHEARSAL MODE FOR TWO MONTHS?

Please get inside my head and try and figure it out yourself. I am too excited to translate it into words! Finally performing in a musical theatre show on the second largest vessel in the world in the Caribbean is probably one of the most liberating things my career has rewarded me with. I feel LUCKY!

7. ONCE MAMMA MIA WRAPS UP ITS RUN IN 2019 (AND YOU CAN TAKE A GOOD NAP), DO YOU HAVE OTHER PLANS IN THE PIPELINE?

A few, but I’m not sure I’ll nap. I have just qualified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and would love to get my own business going! I am also looking forward to returning to my choreography work in London and creating my own work. Meanwhile, the aim will be to keep booking myself into musical theatre shows around the world. And travel. I would love to continue seeing the world while doing what I love to do.

8. THE PIPELINE?

A few, but I’m not sure I’ll nap. I have just qualified as a personal trainer and fitness instructor and would love to get my own business going! I am also looking forward to returning to my choreography work in London and creating my own work. Meanwhile, the aim will be to keep booking myself into musical theatre shows around the world. And travel. I would love to continue seeing the world while doing what I love to do.

 

 

 

 

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