HIS character might be obsessed with all things television but for this young actor it’s all about the stage.
Adam Mitchell has landed himself the part of Mike Teavee in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory after a chance encounter with the world of showbusiness.
The Scream Theatre School protégée will be appearing at The Theatre Royal, London, in the new stage adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic children’s book.
The nine-year-old was amazed when he got the part, beating dozens of others in a tough nationwide hunt for the part. He said: “I was shocked and my mum nearly fainted.”
Adam, a pupil at Bispham Endowed Primary School, first took to the stage as part of Scream Theatre School’s Scream Summer Challenge, a council-backed initiative, playing an orphan in Oliver at the North Pier.
Coun Sarah Riding, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said she was delighted to hear the entertainment capital of the north has borne another star.
She said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Adam and Scream Theatre Schools and it is very pleasing to see young people from Blackpool achieving success at such a young age.
“To hear that a council initiative has helped to encourage Adam to pursue the arts as a hobby is also very encouraging.”
No-one is prouder than mum Dawn, of Bertrand Avenue, Blackpool, though.
She said: “I’m pleased as punch for him. We knew he was in the final two so it was an agonising wait to find out if he’d got the part.
“I’m a bit nervous for him now but it’s a walk in the park for him, it comes very naturally to him.”
Like his character, television fanatic Mike Teavee, Adam is no stranger to the small screen, having already appeared in BBC’s The Secret of Crickley Hall and a Jucee TV commercial for Nickleodeon.
The role of Mike Teavee is a dream come true for the Blackpool youngster, especially as it allows him to combine his love of dance with his skills in acting to streetdance in the musical.
Adam is now preparing to move down to London and work with academy award-winning director Sam Mendes ahead of the show opening in the West End in June.