Wheat role bucks

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - GENERATION YOUR -

Tanya Mac­Naughton

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

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