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Chelmsford schoolboy excited by role in West End show

By Essex Chronicle  |  Posted: April 29, 2013

  • WEST END STAR: Noah Miller will play Franklin Jnr in Merrily We Roll Along

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AFTER just one audition, Chelmsford schoolboy Noah Miller was chosen to grace the stage of a new West End musical.

Noah, eight, of Rossendale, in Chelmsford, will star in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along as the lead character's younger self, Franklin Jnr.

He landed the part last year when the show was performed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, on Southwark Street, in October.

But after five star reviews the show was moved to a bigger theatre, and the Tomorrow's Talent theatre school pupil will now be performing at the Harold Pinter Theatre from this week.

Noah, a pupil at Widford Lodge School, said: "I am really excited to be performing in front of such a big audience and everyone coming to see me, but am a little bit nervous.

"It is tough being in a West End show, mainly because of all the travelling, it is really long going back and forth.

"After school I really hope to become either an actor or a runner, because I am good at athletics too."

Noah's acting career began at the age of five when he was cast as Chip in the Civic Theatre's production of Beauty And The Beast.

"I was just inspired from that moment and I just wanted to carry on going," said Noah.

"I have learnt a lot from being at Tomorrow's Talent, I've learnt that when you've got a script not to look at it and try to memorise it.

"After doing this show I would really love to be in Matilda because it is a big show and most of the cast are children so it should be fun."

The show is directed by award-winning actress Maria Friedman and Noah will continue starring in the show until July.

Proud mum Lisa Miller, 45, said: "Noah has done really well to get onto the West End stage at such a young age.

"His school teachers have also been really supportive and they know he will have to have some Thursday afternoons off for matinee performances, but luckily these are only games sessions, so he doesn't miss any school.

"Of course we will be taking Noah to and from his shows, which is quite tough, but we'll manage it."

Gavin Wilkinson, principal of Tomorrow's Talent, in Little Waltham, was thrilled with Noah's success.

He said: "Noah has trained with us from a very young age and has only recently started to attend professional auditions, so landing such a prestigious show is a great achievement for him."

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