Wheat role bucks
PERFORMING the role of Sam Wheat in Australian production Ghost the Musical is the biggest acting challenge Rob Mills has taken on, which is exactly why he wanted the part.
“There’s only 12 minutes where I’m off stage out of the two hours and it’s a great acting piece to showcase what I can do,” Mills said.
“I’m not Fiyero (Wicked) dancing through life or Danny Zuko (Grease) or Warner in Legally Blonde who were similar.
“It has great dialogue to get my acting chops up and is my kind of musical theatre with a lot of guitars, heavy drums and big basslines.”
Mills said he identified a great deal with the character who worked hard to make his own luck, while at the same time being afraid it could be taken away at any moment. “He’s quite vulnerable,” he said. “The writer Bruce Joel Rubin (1990 film and musical) sent an email to Jemma (Rix, playing Molly) and I, talking about why Patrick Swayze was cast in the role and who the other actors were who turned it down because they didn’t want to show a weakness.
“I remember doing an acting class a few years ago where I was told the best way to show your strength is to show your vulnerability; it’s how we relate to people.”
Mills, who kept a tight lid on the musical’s special effects, despite admitting it is tough to keep the secrets, said he was given the unique perspective every