Mayhem musicals and marriage it’s all happening at once for both Lisa McCune and Maggie Doyle.
LISA McCUNE is at a major turning point in her life, and the triple TV WEEK Gold Logie-winner couldn’t be happier.
Her days as Maggie Doyle in Blue Heelers may be numbered, but Lisa is filming some of the most dramatic storylines she’s ever faced as Mt Thomas’ favorite cop.
Away from the TV cameras, Lisa is preparing for her lead role as Maria in the stage musical The Sound Of Music. And, on the personal front, she and fiancé Tim Disney have almost completed the renovations to their Melbourne home. They have also begun preparations for their impending nuptials.
Lisa is talking to TV WEEK just a few days after filming the 250th episode of Blue Heelers – “It’s going to be big,” she promises – and is taking time to reflect. With so much on her professional and personal agenda, it’s a frantic time, but she’s taking it all in her stride.
First up, there are Blue Heelers scenes to film – and, if the recent potent storylines are any indication, the scriptwriters will send Maggie out in a blaze of dramatic glory.
Over the past few weeks, she’s been caught in a love triangle, has hallucinated on drugs and, in the 250th episode, is caught in a disaster that rocks Mt Thomas.
“Maybe there’s nothing left for me to do, and maybe this is another reason for me to go,” Lisa says, philosophically. “I don’t want to exhaust the character, and it will be good to leave her while people still like her.” But the storyline most under question is Maggie’s exit from the show after six years – and Lisa is giving nothing away. “I have some ideas on how she is going to leave, but the final scripts are being held pretty tightly in an office somewhere,” she says.
As for The Sound Of Music, Lisa starts rehearsals on October 4. She’s already begun singing training to prepare for her mammoth role, which has her playing the famous Austrian governess to the Von Trapp children. The show opens on November 2.
With her own wedding on her mind, Lisa reveals that the grand wedding sequence in the musical, when her character Maria marries Captain Von Trapp, was a deciding influence on her decision to accept the role.
“That was one of the major reasons why I wanted to do the show,” she says, breaking into laughter. “It’s a fabulous scene, when she gets to wear the wedding dress and walk through the abbey – all those nuns singing on the sidelines. What more could you ask for?”
Lisa says she has enjoyed obsessing about splashbacks and skirting boards while renovatiing the home she shares with Tim – but just as that project is nearing completion, another is waiting.
“We’re now organising our wedding, but we are so lazy about it,” Lisa says. “I want to be given a call sheet like I do on Blue Heelers- hair … 8am, cars … 1Oam, church midday. We’re trying to avoid the issue, but we both realise these things take time.
“No date has been locked in as yet, but it will be in the near future. Everyone just seems to be getting married -2000 is going to be a very busy year!”.