News Can you feel it? Read about the Thriller Live buzz
November 2, 2012
On November 2nd 2012, Thriller Live’s producers Flying Music launched an academy to train young actors to take on the role of the young Michael Jackson in the hit West End show, Thriller Live, which will celebrate entering its 5th year in the West End in just a few weeks.The MJ Academy opened its doors for the first time on Friday 9 November. Students will get classes in singing and dancing every Friday. They will also receive music tuition from the show’s Musical Director, John Maher, who will also have creative responsibility for the school. Dance classes will be taken by Dannii Hampson, and the show’s resident director, Britt Quinton. Each child will enjoy three months of training; at the end a full audition will take place with the show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd, creator Adrian Grant and producer Paul Walden. Thriller Live casting director Debbie O’Brien said: “We need at least six boys at any one time in the West End and the show is still touring around the world. 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 email@example.com or phone 01462 742919.