CHAMBERS GOES THE FULL CIRCLE
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.