West End Star James Lomas visits Bradford
The original Billy Elliot James Lomas paid a visit to the CC Dance studio recently to host his amazing “Billy Elliot” workshops!.
We had over 70 participants keen to see what James had to offer and also learn from his experience and expertise.
At the age of 13 James went to London to audition for the new musical Billy Elliot. After successfully beating 3,000 other candidates, James became one of the three original Billy Elliots to play the part in the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre. He was involved in the development of the role of Billy from the very beginning, and contributed to the success of the show with critically acclaimed performances in acting, singing and dancing. The show opened on 31 March 2005. In that year, he won the Variety Club’s Outstanding New Talent Award and also the Theatre Goers’ Choice of Most Promising New Comer. He also jointly won the prestigious Sir Laurence Olivier Award in 2006 for Best Actor in a Musical.
James was featured in Strictly Dance Fever performing part of the musical finale and in several TV interviews and short clips related to the musical. In July 2006 he played the lead role of young blind Nicholas Saunderson in the new musical No Horizon in Penistone, and was well received for his performances. After leaving the show in 2006, James won a place at Millennium performing arts school in London, where he completed his National Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2009. After graduation, he went on to perform in the West End production of Dirty Dancing at the Aldwych Theatre. He then joined the national UK tour of Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, playing Joseph on several occasions. He spent a deal of time in Bochum, Germany, performing in Starlight Express.
The children were taken through a journey of song, dance and drama and performed a fantastic version of “Electricity” at the end of the workshop.
CC Dance Company pupil Imogen Everard 10 years old said; “It has been amazing, I just kept smiling because I was enjoying myself so much. I want him to come back every week”.
Clare Quin Managing Director commented; “We are in such a fortunate position to be able to offer our pupils these incredible opportunities, James was a true professional. Ensuring professionals past and present join us to showcase their talents is extremely important for us as a school, we have an annual calendar of who we are working with which makes it so incredibly exciting for our pupils.”
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