A seven-year-old is preparing to dazzle sell-out audiences as he takes to the stage opposite Jason Donovan.
Connor Elliott, who attends the Wakefield Royal Theatre Performance Academy, triumphed over 100 other talented boys and was picked to star as Benji, the son of Jason Donovan’s character Anthony ‘Tick’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, when it hits Bradford Alhambra and Sheffield Lyceum throughout October and November.
A year two pupil at the Frobelian School in Horsforth, Connor has already made his first TV appearance in Turn Back Time for the BBC – and now he will be appearing in front of thousands of theatre goers.
The stage show Priscilla is based on the smash-hit film starring Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce.
It tells the adventure of two drag-queens and a transsexual who are contracted to perform a drag show at a resort in the remote Australian desert.
They head west from Sydney aboard their bus, Priscilla, where it is discovered that the people they’re on the way to meet with are Tick’s wife and his son, Benji.
Connor said: “I attend drama school every Saturday for three hours.
“My favourite teacher by far is Miss Denison, aka Miss Louise. She keeps me on my toes, but makes it fun. She’s really cool.
“When I attended the audition I was really nervous, but all the hard work and rehearsing paid off.
“To be able to perform the role as Benji is the best feeling ever!
“My mummy and daddy are so proud of me and lots of my family and friends are coming to watch me – but my mummy is watching every single performance, she will be word perfect!”
Priscilla Queen of the Desert opens at Bradford Alhambra on Monday, October 7.
Tickets, starting at £17.50, are available at www.bradford- theatres.co.uk
It will be at Sheffield Lyceum from Tuesday, October 29 until Saturday, November 2.
Tickets are at www. sheffieldtheatres.co.uk