Mildura Weekly : Friday May 27 Vol 10 No 29
14 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR WHILE it’s rare for any actor to boast consistent work, former Mildura tal- ent Ross Chisari has certainly man- aged to buck the trend! Recently landing his seventh professional role in a national tour of Disney’s ‘Aladdin the Musical,’ Ross has been cast as an ensemble member and a cover (understudy) to characters ‘Iago’ and ‘Omar.’ Having never covered a role be- fore (let alone two in one show), while also performing his own role in the ensemble, Ross said the expe- rience was set to be a challenge. “I’m excited and a bit anxious, there’s a lot of work involved in the preparation of covering someone,” he said this week. “I’ve not only got to learn the dance steps, singing lines and char- acter of the two roles, but some- times I’ll only get three hours notice before I have to cover someone, so I have to stay focused.” No stranger to performing at national level, the actor has spent the last six months appearing as Willie Lopez in the premier season of ‘Ghost the Musical.’ With only eight days between Ghost closing and rehearsals for Aladdin starting, Ross is in for a busy couple of years, as Aladdin doesn’t have an official closing date. “Aladdin is different to Ghost because it’s a ‘long run of play’ (meaning the show will run un- til ticket sales diminish), whereas Ghost is only a six-month run, so it will be a new challenge I haven’t experienced before,” he said. “Having to cover two different roles will keep me on my toes, my weeks won’t be the same, my daily shows won’t be the same, and I think the idea of each show being completely different for eight or nine months is what’s going to keep me going.” Ross has been a familiar face in Australia’s theatre scene since graduating from the Western Aus- tralian Academy of Performing Arts in 2013. Working predominantly in Syd- ney, Ross said he is still surprised by society’s love of theatre. “Going to the theatre is expen- sive, tickets range from $60 to $350 – that can be an eighth of someone’s weekly wage – the fact that people still want to spend that amount of money on theatre is amazing,” Ross said. “I’m surprised that a show like Ghost can run for nine weeks in Sydney and still have 1000 people in the house every night. “It baffles me to think that Alad- din is going to run in Sydney for eight months and that there is go- ing to be enough people to see it, support it and keep it going for that long.” While Ross says he is “living the dream,” he insists that dream comes with hard work. “I think when you get to that professional level, maintaining and managing your life around your work can be really hard at times,” he said. “Sometimes we only work four hours a day, but you can’t have a crazy social life, you’ve got to watch what you eat, get regular sleep and be on top of your game physically and mentally, it’s a complete life- style.” Rejection is the nature of the arts industry, but Ross admits it doesn’t get any easier no matter how many times it happens. “When you don’t get a job that you really wanted, it’s always a chal- lenge to pick yourself up and find some confidence to keep on going,” he said. Ross reflects on landing his first lead role in a national tour (Ghost) as a significant moment in his ca- reer, but says being cast in a Dis- ney production is a lifelong dream come true. “I watched those movies as a kid and now knowing I’ll be a part of Disney is incredible, it has been the biggest highlight of my career so far,” Ross said. “Disney is one of the most re- nowned and respected companies in the world, and it still surprises me that they took a risk on some- one that’s not well known, I’m not a big name, but they still gave me a go, which I’m grateful for.” Ross visits home as often as he can, and said he wouldn’t be where he is today without the constant love and support of his family. “They have stuck by me since the beginning, a career in the arts is one that has a lot of ups and downs, and their unwavering support is what has kept me going,” he said. Aladdin the Musical opens in August at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre, before travelling to other major cap- ital cities. Tickets can be booked online at www.ticketmaster.com.au. Ross lands next big gig • NAME IN LIGHTS: Ross Chisari, INSET, has been cast in Disney’s ‘Aladdin the Musical,’ which will tour nationally from August. Ross has spent the past six months performing as ‘Willie Lopez’ in Ghost, ABOVE. ‘THE Jungle Book’ was never on my shortlist as a kid, mainly because as far as musicals about talk- ing animals went ‘The Lion King’ reigned supreme. Nevertheless, I hopped along to the rehash of the 1967 Disney classic – the last animated film to receive Walt Disney’s personal touch – hoping it would spark my interest more than it did as a youngster. • Continued Page 18 More than the bare necessities – that’s The Jungle Book (2016) • FORGET ABOUT YOUR WORRIES: The Jungle Book will not disappoint. Mildura Day This year we'll be celebrating our regions Blocks and Produce. 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