Comedy role suits talented performer
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.
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.
Tyne Logan Hamish Briggs, 16, will be performing in Fame the Musical.