Young performers who dreamed a dream of having superstar singer Alfie Boe hear them sing are set to join their hero on stage.
In July, members of MyUK Blackpool bombarded Boe with messages via Twitter inviting him to see their production of Les Miserables - the show which made his name - at Lowther Pavilion.
Their campaign was so full on, several cast members were even handed temporary bans from the social media site as they stormed the internet barricades using their hashtag #getalfieboetoourshow.
While he wasn’t able to attend the performances he sent his best wishes and has since seen video clips of the show on YouTube.
But their persistence has now paid off, with MyUK Blackpool - now rebranded as Jelly Theatre - invited to perform on stage with the world-famous tenor during his tour performances in Liverpool and Manchester, on Sunday, November 30 and Saturday, December 6 respectively.
Jelly Theatre director Kelly Hancock said: “Alfie Boe has actually kept in touch with the company and, after seeing us on YouTube, has invited the cast to perform with him during his arena tour at Liverpool Echo Arena and Manchester Arena.
“We are confirmed for Liverpool but going to the Manchester show largely depends on cost and availability for us.
“As you can imagine they are over the moon and currently rehearsing a couple of songs he’s requested they learn - including Come What May and Wheels Of A Dream.”
In true Jelly Theatre style, the invite to perform with Alfie came initially through Twitter, when he messaged Kelly saying: “Would love to watch your production of Les Mis on DVD.
“If you and the cast can make it to Liverpool or Manchester on my arena tour I will get you all on stage to sing One Day More with me.”
The group’s hashtag was used thousands of times on Twitter, and trended in the Blackpool area - meaning it was one of the 10 most talked about topics on the social network.
Kelly was almost driven to despair at the cast’s insistence at the campaign, in fighting to keep them concentrating on the last minute rehearsals, but added: “I can’t say I’m looking forward to their next campaign, but if it pays off in this way each time we will have to keep it up.”
l Jelly Theatre is holding open auditions for new members, aged 10 to 19, on Sunday, as well as launching a new section for five to nine-year-olds on Monday called Mould Jelly. Anyone interested in joining the Phil Winston’s Theatrework’s-based company can call Kelly on 07976 713680 for more information.