A YOUNGSTER who loves to boogie is jumping for joy after landing a West End role in hit musical Billy Elliot.
Thomas Moore will be moving to the ‘Billy Elliot House’ in July, where he will live with other young stars ready to start performing in the production as Billy’s best friend Michael from August.
The Saltersgate Junior School pupil has undergone a year-long audition process to secure the role, and will have to undertake a gruelling schedule of rehearsals and dance classes ahead of his opening night.
Thomas, ten, is the second Doncaster dancer to play the part of Michael, with family friend Bradley Wilson also playing the part in 2008.
Dance teacher Jackie Everton, said: “I got a phone call from the producers to see if I knew anyone suitable for the role, so Thomas went to an audition in Leeds, then another round in London and then one of the Billy Elliot people came here to watch him in a class.
“He is such a lovely little lad and really deserves it.”
Thomas has been part of the Scawsby-based Jackie Everton Dance and Stage School for three years.
It is expected he will live in London, close to the Victoria Palace Theatre for up to two years as part of a rotation of youngsters playing Michael.
The multi-Laurence Olivier Award winning production first pirouetted its way onto the boards in 2005, with the music written by Sir Elton John. Since then more than seven million tickets have sold, with a second resident production on Broadway in New York.
The musical tells the tale of a young boy who wants to become a ballet dancer in a tough mining town, against the backdrop of the miners’ strikes of 1984.
News of Thomas’ success comes on the back of 35 dancers from Jackie Everton performing in London. The youngsters aged from six to 14 took part in a national dance show at Her Majesty’s Theatre - usually the home to The Phantom of the Opera.
They were invited to perform two routines and opted for a Me and My Girl medley dressed as Pearly Kings and Queens - in tribute to the Diamond Jubilee - and a Can Can and Grease combination.