A DUMB lipstick-wearing blonde with a painfully thick Jersey accent is a far cry from laid-back local Amy Roff.
Amy is set to play Lily St Regis in the O’Connor Catholic College production of Annie.
“I’m named after the hotel, Lily St Regis, I’m in the play to try and swindle Daddy Warbucks out of fifty thousand big ones,” she said.
“I’ve got a lot in common with my character, I’ve swindled a few hearts in my time.
“I think it’s just about putting yourself in the characters world and really connecting to the play, it’s almost ridiculous how much you have to be in character to do it justice.”
Amy said she loved working alongside her co-character Rooster, an escaped con-artist played by Duncan Carmichael.
“I have really, really good chemistry with my co-character Rooster and they come in a devious pair,” she said.
“We’ve been in productions together before and he’s a really lovely, lovely guy.”
Part of the affiliate cast, Amy attended O’Connor until Year 10 and her mother is the producer.
Passionate about the arts, her love of acting and drama started in Armidale at age four.
“The Armidale arts scene isn’t immense in terms of their productions but once a year they usually put on a big one with the Armidale Drama and Music Society,” she said.
“The first one I ever saw was the Wizard of Oz when I was four years old and it just blew my mind.”
Amy’s little sister also stars in the play and Amy said it has been interesting to work so closely with her family.
“It’s been really fun, it’s awesome to be able to have a chat about it at home as well,” she said.
“Mum has done some great accent work with the cast, it took a while for them to get into the hang of it but they’re all really good at it now.”
Amy has performed in a number of productions, most recently she was in Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and Bustown.
She hopes to audition for the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and the Victorian College of the Arts next year.