It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for stage struck youngster Finley Miller, of Briggswath.
Finley, (9) has returned from his third trip to London’s West End where he took part in a succession of gruelling auditions for the hit musical, Matilda.
The auditioning process began with hundreds of boys from all over the UK, each chasing a part in Tim Minchin’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
Tension began to mount as the numbers were gradually whittled down to single figures and, after the final audition, casting director Jessica Ronan still couldn’t make up her mind, so the Miller family were on tenterhooks for yet another week.
“It was absolutely nail-biting”, said Finn’s Mum, Hayley, who also runs Whitby-based Starstruck Performing Arts with colleague Suzy Corrigan.
Finally the news came that Finley had not been successful in the part of Eric – but that wasn’t the end of the story, as Jessica requested that he return to London again in order to audition for a part in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is due to audition again for the role of Charlie on January 6.
Since originally being seen in London, Finley’s agent has been inundated with requests for him to audition in various other West End musicals including Kinky Boots and Les Miserables.
Finley has been entertaining family and friends with his song and dance routines from an early age, and it is therefore no surprise that his ultimate goal is to play the part of Billy Elliot on the London stage.
Finley attends dance classes at Starstruck and has singing lessons with Sandra Stewart, having already passed grades one and two, both with distinction.
Finley’s sister Scarlett, (12) was also successful in making it through to the last 20 girls in the auditions for the part of Hortensia in Matilda, and she, too, has been invited to return to London to audition for a part in the touring Billy Elliot in April next year.
It looks as though 2016 could be a memorable year for the Miller household.