A WORCESTER youngster has swapped school for the stage for the role of Benji in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the musical at Malvern’s Festival Theatre.
Billy Jordan will share the role with William Sievwright from Bridgnorth for the show which kicked off last night (Monday) and runs until Saturday (October 19).
The 11-year-old, a pupil at Tudor Grange Academy, landed the role after an audition with the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts (PQA) which he attends at weekends.
Billy takes classes in comedy and drama, musical theatre and film and television and will be among 54 boys to play the role of Benji throughout the UK tour alongside star of stage and screen, Joe McFadden.
“I am really excited to be working in my first professional role in Priscilla and I can’t wait to perform on the stage in Malvern,” he said.
Billy’s mum, Emma said: “We are so proud of Billy for working so hard and taking it all in his stride. From preparing for the audition in London, to meeting Jason Donovan and singing with Joe McFadden, it has been an amazing experience for him and one he won’t forget.”
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. The iconic hit musical has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally and more.
Visit www.priscillauktour.com/tour-dates for more.