Com­edy role suits tal­ented per­former

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It is his big­gest mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion yet, but nerves will not get the bet­ter of lo­cal boy Hamish Briggs, who says his lat­est role suits his per­son­al­ity per­fectly.

The 16-year-old Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der dancer will star in Fame the Mu­si­cal, be­ing pre­sented at the Oc­tagon Theatre in Perth next month, singing and danc­ing along­side a num­ber of other top-class per­form­ers.

As well as Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der’s own young danc­ing won­der, the line-up in­cludes Jersey Boys star Lisa Adams and 2014 So You Think You Can Dance run­ner-up Lau­ren Sey­mour.

The pro­duc­tion marks Hamish’s third stage mu­si­cal as part of the Aus­tralian Per­form­ing Arts Net­work.

The

young

per­former

said he was thrilled to be of­fered a com­edy part in the pro­duc­tion.

“I like be­ing funny and a co­me­dian and that’s what the role is, so I was over the moon to know that I got the char­ac­ter I wanted to au­di­tion for and that it was me in­side — a class clown and all the rest,” he said.

With Hamish’s un­canny re­sem­blance to his char­ac­ter’s per­sonal qual­i­ties, he be­lieves the only part that re­quired any real act­ing in the pro­duc­tion was the Span­ishAmer­i­can ac­cent.

“It’s a hard ac­cent to tackle,” he said. The pro­duc­tion, which fol­lows the lives of a group of dance and act­ing stu­dents and is set in the 1980s, came about as an im­promptu de­ci­sion from pro­ducer Ma­rina Del­basso, with the ac­tors given less than a month to pre­pare.

“I think she just thought ‘let’s do it now and give us some­thing to do over the hol­i­days’,” Hamish says.

“We had a three-day camp where we started at 9am and fin­ished at 7pm and just belted it out.”

Hamish started jazz and High­land danc­ing aged four.

“I was just watch­ing my sis­ter and thought this would be fun,” he said.

He says he was “thrown on stage” by his mother at 10 and told to start singing.

“And I just thought, go for it,” he said.

He started do­ing work­shops for APAN while at­tend­ing school in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, but moved to Perth to study full-time at the school last year.

Since then he has been nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious Statewide Fin­ley Award for best youth in a mu­si­cal and has won a Plover Award for best sup­port­ing ac­tor.

Hamish at­tributes his “class clown” role to his father’s in­flu­ence, stat­ing he dreams of com­edy roles in his ca­reer with no fear of be­ing type­cast.

“I just do said.

“I am a com­edy char­ac­ter in this one, but I’ve got this deep fear of not be­ing ac­cepted and I’m scared of who I re­ally am.

“So I put the class-clown act up as a bar­rier.”

He says his dream is to make it to Broad­way in New York.

what­ever,”

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Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Tyne Lo­gan Hamish Briggs, 16, will be per­form­ing in Fame the Mu­si­cal.

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