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By Helen Wright, Reporter
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A schoolboy from Brookmans Park has got his first taste of stardom after landing a role in a hit West End musical.
"If he doesn’t become an actor when he grows up I would be very surprised. This is what he really excels in."
Lewis Fernée, seven, has been cast as ‘Small Boy’ in the smash-hit musical Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
The Brookmans Park School pupil’s first performance was on November 11 and he will act for a six month stint.
Lewis’ mum, Lynne Fernée, an estate agent, said he was “absolutely loving every minute” of the experience.
“It was so nerve-wracking waiting to hear if he had got the part,” she said.
“I told Lewis when I picked him up from school, and he screamed so loud and said, ‘I can’t believe it mummy’.
“If he doesn’t become an actor when he grows up I would be very surprised. This is what he really excels in.”
The young thespian landed the role after winning a part-time scholarship to the performing arts school Top Hat Stage School in January, and had only been at the school a month when he was offered the part.
“Small Boy is quite a comedic role,” said Lynne. “And he gets to open the show, walking down the aisle and onto the stage.
“I was so petrified for him on the first night.”
Top Hat principal Warren Bacci said: “It was obvious Lewis had talent.
“Everyone at Top Hat and at Top Talent are very proud of him for winning a part in a top London musical. The future looks very bright for Lewis.”