A Lytham youngster has won a dream role in a prestigious Christmas production in Manchester written by star comedienne Victoria Wood.
William Haresceugh, 12, a Year Seven pupil at Arnold King Edward School, features as Jimmy in That Day We Sang, which is running at the Royal Exchange Theatre until January 18.
Billed as a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story, the play has been scripted by the star of As Seen on TV and Housewife 49, and its cast includes James Quinn, a familiar face from Early Doors and Emmerdale.
It is by far the biggest role yet for William, whose only previous taste of the professional stage was a role in the Lowther Pavilion pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk two years ago when he was a student at St Annes’ Clifton Academy.
Along with his younger sister Rebecca, he has been a member of Blackpool’s Scream Theatre School since September last year and landed the pivotal role in That Day We Sang after a full day audition process.
Weeks of rehearsals culminated in his debut this week on the stage which has previously hosted the likes of Tom Courtenay and Helen Mirren and he is making 19 appearances in the production on a rota basis, including the matinee on Boxing Day.
William, a former pupil of Lytham Hall Park School, is at AKS on a music and sports scholarship and is a very talented all-round sportsman, playing football for Lytham Juniors, tennis and cricket at the town’s club as well as being involved at Fylde RUFC. “But it is performing and acting in particular which is his first love and this role is a dream come true,” said his mum Cathy.
Jim Keefe, headmaster at AKS, added: “Teachers and pupils alike are delighted for William. This is a huge opportunity for him, and we are all so proud of this talented pupil.”