Cast to coast

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Favourite Things - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

LES Mis­er­ables en­sem­ble cast mem­ber Ben Hall is bal­anc­ing his role in the show with train­ing for the Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

Raised in Perth and now based in Syd­ney, Ben said per­form­ing in the show com­ple­mented his train­ing for the swim.

“Singing is good for the lungs,” he said.

“I’ve been pre­par­ing for the swim for about four or five months; it’s the first time I’ve done it.

“I wanted to try it be­cause it creeps me out. I’m not an open wa­ter swim­mer, but it’s good to face your fears and to have other chal­lenges out­side the show.”

The Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim on Fe­bru­ary 21 is a 19.7 km swim from Cottes­loe Beach to Rot­tnest Is­land and can be com­peted solo or as part of a duo or team.

Ben said while he was a keen swim­mer in years 11 and 12 at school, he pre­ferred per­form­ing to swim­ming and grad­u­ated from the WA Academy of Per­form­ing Arts in 2012.

“I loved per­form­ing more than I loved swim­ming,” he said.

“My time at WAAPA was in­valu­able; you are more likely to get a job. “The cast has 16 WAAPA grad­u­ates.” Ben said he was ner­vous about rough weather and sharks but would put his con­cerns to the back of his mind dur­ing the event.

“I’m not too wor­ried about the dis­tance be­cause we are do­ing it in a team,” he said.

“The only way I would not do it at this point is if LesMis pulled me out be­cause a virus wiped out some of the cast.”

Ben said he ex­pected some LesMis­er­ables cast mem­bers to cheer him on from Cottes­loe beach dur­ing the swim.

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