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From Eastenders, Rocky Horror and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sam Attwater talks to Freetime
FOR Sam Attwater Dancing on Ice is an experience he will never forget- having winning the show and meeting his future wife. Since then the actor and former Eastenders star has gone back to his roots, performing in musicals, his latest being Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
The 27-year-old talks about his wedding next year, dance routines and his dreams of performing until he's 80.
The classic American musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, set in 1850s Oregon, has had a make-over with award-winning choreography by acclaimed Broadway director Patti Colombo, who won rave reviews for this version in the US.
Helena Blackman, from BBC1’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, will perform opposite Sam, who said the show is going really well.
He said: "It is one of those things. I wasn't sure how it would be when I first heard about possibly doing it.
"Then I heard it was bringing Patti Colombo from the States to choreograph it and bringing the US version of it. "The choreography is just incredible.
"The thing I think when I go to see so many musicals is when they start singing in the streets and everyone starts dancing there is not reason for it. "But with the dancing in this it really ties in with the story. "There is a reason for it."
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of Adam- played by Sam- the eldest of seven brothers living in the rural backwoods, who goes to town to get himself a wife. Convincing Milly to marry him that very same day, he forgets to mention he has six brothers - all living together in his cabin. Milly decides to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam has what he thinks is an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness - they will kidnap the women they want.
Sam said: "I did the show at college and I love the show. I always wanted to play Adam. I got the vicar at college and had about five lines.
"When the part came up- it was a no brainer."
He said he has got out of most of the dancing. But it is hard work for the other dancers.
He said after a nine and a half minute track the dancers have to hold the ladies up until the audience stop clapping.
Sam said: "After nine and a half minutes of hard core dancing and then to hold up a girl for 20 seconds is quite hard."
Sam landed his first TV acting role in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders and its online spinoff, EastEnders: E20, as Leon Small. He has just finished playing Brad Majors in the 40th anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show and also appeared in the stage musicals Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, Tonight's the Night and 20th Century Boy. He loved playing Brad for the 40th anniversary and said he hopes in 20 years time for the 60th he will be back to play the narrator. He said it is quite refreshing not having audience members shout obscenities at him, as is tradition for the Rocky Horror Show. So does he enjoy being back in musicals?
He sad: "I started out in musicals. About three years ago I got some TV work.
"I don't want to be in the industry for a short run. I want to be doing it when I am 80.
"Musicals will come up again, and so on. There are so many possibilities for what happens next.
"It is one of those funny things. You can carry on working constantly just by taking whatever comes along, which is what I am trying not to do.
"With a business you have targets which you want to hit by a certain point.
"With this you put targets in place to make your career go further.
"But of course being more choosy is very difficult with a mortgage to pay."
He played Eastenders character, Leon, in 2010, before the character was axed.
He said: "It was an amazing experience. I had always watched it since I was a child for as long as I could remember.
"For the 25th anniversary it was an amazing time to be there.
"I made some great friends there and I learnt a lot on and off screen- how to perform in front of a camera and how to act in a work place."
So would he ever consider being in a soap again?
Sam said: "Never say never. I want to be in this business for a long time. "It is something I would definitely have to think about. "I would go into it differently. Next time I would want to know what the plans were and where I want to go with it.
"I would have liked better storylines. I don't think my character had the most thrilling storylines. "At the time I was over the moon to be in the show."
He is also preparing for his marriage to professional Dancing on Ice skater, Vicky Ogden.
Sam won Dancing on Ice in 2011, the year where Vicky was a reserve.
He said: "She was very quiet, which is completely unlike her. It was her first year on the show as a reserve.
"I remember saying to Jeff Brazier 'Who is she?' I was very interested- I had never had the chance to get to know her.
"The following year I knew I was doing the tour.
"I saw her at the hotel before the tour, where I was quite tipsy, and said to her, 'Me and you are going to get together on this tour.'
"As I walked away apparently she wasn't too impressed. I managed to bring her around."
They are now happily preparing for the wedding, although they do not get time to skate together.
He said: "People always say what's your highlight from Dancing on Ice. It was winning it but also meeting my future wife.
"It is an experience I will never forget." Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from October 28 to November 2. Tickets are £10 to £29.50. Book your tickets on 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee)
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