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A Great Showman

Having to walk a tightrope in front of an audience is no mean feat but to sing a solo at the same time would be a terrifying prospect for even seasoned performers, but a 15-year-old from SDC is taking it all in his stride.

After spotting his natural talent as a performer, Josh was encouraged to audition for Llandudno Youth Musical Theatre’s summer production of Barnum.

He must have impressed as he walked away with the main part of Barnum himself-the American showman who took his performances across America in the 19thcentury.

The production combines elements of traditional musical theatre with the spectacle of the circus. The characters include jugglers, trapezeartists and clowns, as well as such real-life personalities as Jenny Lind and General Tom Thumb.

Josh, who recently dazzled as Gripper-the bad boy in SDC’s production of Battle of Boat, at Venue Cymru, said he discovered his love for performing in Year 8.

“I’m one of five but none of my siblings like acting and singing like me,” said Josh, who is studying BTEC in PE, Music and Drama.

“I have no idea where it comes from, but I was hooked after playing Dandy Dan in Bugsy Malone at school a couple of years ago and have never looked back.”

Josh says he doesn’t mind the hours and hours of rehearsals he has to do, although admits the tightrope number is a touch frightening.

“The tightrope is going to be 30m across and six feet off the ground,” he said.

“I’ve got somebody coming around to our house in Colwyn Bay teaching me how to do it.”

The year 10 student continued: “Singing whilst walking across the rope actually helps, because you’re not overthinking it.”

He added: “I’m enjoying the challenge and I don’t really get that nervous any more although I’ve never performed in front of a large audience before, but I always give it my all even if there are only three people watching.”


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