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Class of 2015

January 19, 2015


Thriller once again opened the doors to the MJ Academy on Friday 9th January.

The academy was launched in 2012 to train young actors to take on the role of the young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live which is now in its record breaking 7th year.

Students will get classes in singing and dancing every Friday, they will receive music tuition from Musical Director Mike Guy and dance training from choreographer Game. Each child will enjoy three months of training which will end with them auditioning for the role in front of the show’s creative team, including director Gary Lloyd.

Previous MJ Academy graduates include Torann Opara, Kwame Kandekore, Ramon Smith, Daniel Odejinmi and Eshan Gopal who have since gone on to perform the role in the West End and around the world on tour. Academy head teacher Frankie Bridges said “The academy is more than anything a huge amount of fun! The boys learn a lot and get to train with west end musicians, singers and dancers, make friends with their fellow students and have enormous fun. The mums and dads build great friendships with each other as well! This is the first time that I have acted as ‘head teacher’ for the academy and I am blown away by the talent already and we are only in week two! We’ve seen some amazing talent come through the academy over the past two years so I can’t wait to see the progress at the end of term”

Thriller Live casting director Debbie O’Brien said: “We need at least six boys at any one time in the West End. 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. Candidates for the MJ Academy can have had no stage experience whatsoever. We are looking for boys who are exciting, confident and energetic. They need to be of black or dual heritage, aged 9 - 14 with an excellent unbroken pop/rock voice with a high range. They must be prepared to sing either "Ben", "I Want You Back" or "I'll Be There" at an initial audition to see if they are suitable for the Academy.

Budding young MJs should contact Debbie O’Brien Casting or phone 01462 742919




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