Wheat role bucks trend

Cockburn Gazette - - YOUR GENERATION - 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 per­for­mance of watch­ing his on­stage part­ner grieve for him.

“It’s some­thing you’ll never do in the real world,” he said.

“I think a lot of peo­ple come to this show for­get­ting that love and loss is one of the main themes. If it was any other show, the first song would be the last.

“You'd have gone through all your tri­als and tribu­la­tions, moved into an apart­ment, the end. This show starts with the happy end­ing and then it’s not so happy af­ter that.

“That’s why it’s so im­por­tant in those first 12 min­utes Sam and Molly have to­gether that we drive home the love they share.”

Mills said he loved that the mu­si­cal was not “too over-sung”; some­times there are just snip­pets of a song.

“The thing I love most about mu­si­cal theatre is that when you can’t say the words you want to say, you sing them,” he said.

“And when you’re not get­ting your point across any more through your song, you stop and say it.

“A good mu­si­cal will do that; it height­ens emo­tion...”

Rob Mills.

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