Perseverance has finally paid off for an actor who has achieved his ambition to appear on stage in a professional panto production, at the age of 10.
Harvey Warren, has been chosen to play one of the seven dwarves in Snow White at The Deco Theatre, Northampton’s Christmas panto, which runs from December 9 to 29. And he is thrilled to have been selected at auditions after trying since he was six.
He said: “I was so chuffed when I made it through the audition. To finally make it is very exciting, and now rehearsals are underway it is all becoming very real.
“I love singing and acting, and this will be my first time in a professional show, which makes it even more special; it’s an ambition I’ve had for the past four years, and I was determined that I would get chosen eventually.”
Proud mum Julie, who lives with husband Mark and Harvey in Kingsthorpe, said she never doubted her son would finally make his breakthrough.
She said: “He has never let the previous disappointments put him off, he remained determined he would be on that stage in a panto eventually, and this year is his reward for the hard work he has put in to it.
“To be honest, the roles he has auditioned for previously were ones that involved more dancing, and it’s the singing and acting that he loves, so the part he’s got this year is perfect for him.
“He has already made his mind up that he wants to be a full-time actor; he loves it, we’re happy to encourage his enthusiasm, and naturally we’re both very proud parents.”
Rebecca Owens, of the Northampton dance and performing arts school Unit 17, said Harvey thoroughly deserved his opportunity this year.
“It is a reward for all his hard work over the past four years, and I had no hesitation in offering him a role in Snow White this Christmas,” she said.
“He’s a lovely boy, very talented and extremely dedicated, he never let the disappointment of missing out in the past affect his enthusiasm, this year he is ready for it.”
Snow White runs at The Deco Theatre from December 9 to 29. For tickets, go online www.thedeco.co.uk