Theatre boy loved 'building snowman and flying'By Claire French
January 25, 2013
A 10-YEAR-OLD Cobham schoolboy has spoken of his excitement at performing 21 times in The Snowman in London’s West End.
Joe Sheridan, a pupil at Feltonfleet School, spent his Christmas holidays and the start of the new year on stage at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre in London.
Joe said: “Taking part in The Snowman was so much fun.
“The rehearsals were exciting as I finally got to meet all the cast and learned the dances. When I was on stage I was so happy and loved watching the audience enjoying the show. My favourite parts were building the snowman and getting to fly.
“My school friends were very supportive and some even came to watch me.
“My hopes for 2013 are to audition for Matilda or Billy Elliot, and maybe take part in The Snowman next Christmas.”
In his three years of acting, Joe has played a munchkin in the West End version of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium and has appeared alongside Tommy Steele in Scrooge.
He has also taken part in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream-coat, Evita and Jekyll and Hyde.
Most recently he played Robin Hood in a version of the story for the Cartoonito television channel.
Emma Sheridan, Joe’s mum, said watching him on stage had been emotional.
“It is very exciting but it is important to keep reminding him that school is important too,” she said.
“I am thrilled for him that he did something so big. There is something there. It is so natural to him.
“He shared the role with two other boys. He took part in 21 shows. I watched it about 12 times. I did not plan to watch it that many times, but I was there.
“It was very emotional because he was flying on a wire.
“It was breathtaking to see him on stage. He did the opening night.
“It brought me to tears to see my young child with that amount of confidence but not cockiness. The cast were all so lovely to him.
“It is more than performing experience.
“He was learning how to interact with adults who were not his teacher or parents.”