A 20-year-old student made a great first impression when he appeared in panto at a Northampton theatre last December and was snapped up for a main role in their spring show.
Jed Marshall, of East Hunsbury, was offered the part of the Genie in Aladdin by the Deco Theatre after performing in the Snow White Christmas panto as a dancer.
He said: "It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really looking forward to it.
“Someone I know who goes to Unit 17 - a Northampton dance school - just happened to mention they were looking for a couple of male dancers for the Deco Panto. So I got in touch, auditioned, and was offered a role in the show, and loved every minute of it.
“You could say I turned up as a dancer and landed a part as an actor, but it’s all good, and – as I say – I’m really excited about it.”
Jed was eight years old when he first started dancing with his twin brother, Aiden.
They took the lead from their elder brother, Jordan, an 'accomplished' dancer, who performed with the dance group, ‘Ignition’, and took part in competitions both nationally and internationally.
Jill Roach, from Northampton-based Stage Right Productions, who runs The Deco Theatre, said Jed’s talent stood out.
She said: “We knew immediately we saw Jed we had chanced across a very talented young man, and that he was local to Northampton made it even better for us. We love giving a break to local talent, and Jed is just that.
“He fitted in so well, and not only is he a very good dancer, he’s also a delightful young man, and we had no doubt that we wanted him to come back for Aladdin. He’ll be great, and the audiences will love him, as they will the rest of our cast.”
Jed will be performing in Aladdin alongside his panto pal, Naomi Wilkins and is delighted to have a second chance to work with some of the multi-talented cast from Snow White.
Jed will perform as the Genie in Aladdin at The Deco from Friday, April 7, to Sunday, April 9. To book tickets, call the Box Office, on 01604 491005 or book online: www.thedeco.co.uk