Freddie Mercury is a god in Alex Jeans’ eyes.
When Jeans takes to the stage in December for Bare the Musical, he’ll be doing his best to channel Mercury’s depth of emotion in his singing.
The 23-year-old from Blaxland only had his first singing lesson at age 20, but clearly he has a talent for it as he’s one of the leads in the upcoming musical.
Featuring a sung-through pop-score, Bare the Musical follows students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future.
Jeans plays Jason, who has fallen in love with Peter, and they struggle with the fears of revealing their true selves to an unforgiving world.
Jeans said taking on the role of a gay student was “just another character to play.”
“Love is love and it doesn’t matter who it’s between,” he said.
“Bare, it’s there, it’s in your face and deals with issues very present today. People go through these things for years. It’s okay to be whoever you are. It’s a message that needs to be given.”
Jeans has almost finished studies at the Australian Institute of Music and also works as a gardener.
He’s a graduate of Blaxland High, and had so much fun in the school’s musical Grease in year 10 that he abandoned his dream of becoming a rock star, to pursue musical theatre instead.
Bare the Musical is showing at Depot Theatre, Marrickville from December 2-17. Tickets at: www.trybooking.com.