Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughton

JACK Cham­bers has a life that reads like a per­fect Hol­ly­wood story, much like the one he is star­ring in at the mo­ment.

A 10-year-old Cham­bers per­formed in his first mu­si­cal, an am­a­teur pro­duc­tion of Sin­gin’ in the Rain at Queens­land Con­ser­va­to­rium, as the young Cosmo Brown.

The role saw him on stage for just 10 min­utes and the rest of the time he spent watch­ing the adult cast and dream­ing of a mu­sic theatre ca­reer.

Fast-for­ward 18 years and the 2008 win­ner of Aus­tralia’s So You Think You Can Dance tele­vi­sion show is leav­ing au­di­ence mem­bers gasp­ing for air as the hi­lar­i­ous adult Cosmo Brown in the Australian tour of Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

“That first pro­duc­tion re­ally is the rea­son I chose to go down the mu­sic theatre path,” Cham­bers said.

“I re­ally re­mem­ber the ex­pe­ri­ence fondly, so it’s nice to come full cir­cle.

“I get to have way too much fun with this role; it’s a blast and phys­i­cally de­mand­ing fall­ing down all the time, but it’s all part of it.

“I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate now how well writ­ten this mu­si­cal is in terms of script and how they tell the story of tran­si­tion­ing from silent films to talkies.”

Cham­bers said he ex­pe­ri­enced some trep­i­da­tion while pre­par­ing for Cosmo, his first com­i­cal role.

He had doubts dur­ing the re­hearsal process that he was be­ing funny, but they dis­solved as soon as he per­formed for an au­di­ence.

“You don’t have an au­di­ence in re­hearsals so you don’t know if what you’re do­ing is funny; I was con­stantly chang­ing phys­i­cal­i­ties and the way I did things,” he said.

“It wasn’t un­til I got my first au­di­ence that I breathed a sigh of re­lief when they start­ing laugh­ing.”

Cham­bers said he was drawn to the char­ac­ter be­cause Cosmo did not take life too se­ri­ously, which was some­thing he wanted to adopt in his per­sonal life.

“He’s just that best friend who al­ways wants to smile and keep you hum­ble,” he said. “Cosmo is not a part of the Hol­ly­wood world, so he can poke fun at every­one.

“He’s a re­ally en­joy­able clown who is very in­tel­li­gent and gets ev­ery­thing be­fore any­one else does, so I think that’s why his hu­mour works be­cause he’s a bit of a smart arse.”

Cham­bers said he looked for­ward to re­turn­ing to Perth af­ter tour­ing here in Ja­son Gilk­i­son’s Burn the Floor.

“Every­one will have a dif­fer­ent opin­ion about Sin­gin’ in the Rain but I just find it so charm­ing,” he said.

“It has beau­ti­ful mu­sic that’s iconic and there are so many songs that even peo­ple who haven’t seen Sin­gin’ in the Rain will still know.

“It’s just re­ally well writ­ten so I think it will al­ways ap­peal.”

Jack Cham­bers in Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

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