THRILLER: Thriller live launches academy to train young Michael Jacksons
PRODUCERS OF the hit West End show Thriller Live are launching an academy to train young boys to take the iconic role of the young pop icon and the Jackson 5 in the hit in the show.
The MJ Academy will open its doors for the first time on November 9 and will give would-be Michael Jacksons expert classes in singing and dancing over a period of three months.
Budding performers will also get music tuition from the show’s Musical Director, John Maher and dance classes by the show’s resident director, Britt Quinton.
After completing the compulsory three-month training, participants will be able to audition for a role in the musical with the show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd, creator Adrian Grant and producer Paul Walden.
There is no charge for the Academy, but parents will be responsible, at their own cost, for getting pupils to and from the sessions each week.
Thriller Live casting director Debbie O’Brien said: “We need at least six boys at any one time in the West End and the show is still touring around the world. The sad fact is that as soon as a boy’s voice breaks, he can no longer stay with the production, so we have a high turnover.”
She added: “Candidates for the MJ Academy do not need stage experience; we are looking for boys who are exciting, confident and energetic. They need to be of black or dual heritage, aged between 9 and 14 with an excellent unbroken pop/rock voice with a high range. They must be prepared to sing; Ben, I Want You Back or I'll Be There at an initial audition to see if they are suitable for the Academy.”
Open auditions for the Academy will take place tomorrow (Nov 2). Budding young stars should contact Debbie O’Brien Casting firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01462 742919.