By Lydia Johnson
October 17, 2014
[Worcester, England] – A young boy will take centre stage to perform in one of the biggest Christmas ballets this year. Benjamin Sears, aged ten, who lives with family in Warndon Villages, is preparing to take on the role of Fritz in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s the Nutcracker this November.
The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and her brother, Fritz, who are given a nutcracker that has magical powers.
The St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School pupil was one of a handful of dancers chosen from the Academy Dance school in Worcester to perform alongside the professionals when the show opens at the Birmingham Hippodrome on November 28 and runs until December 13.
Ben’s mother, Helen Sears, set up the Academy 22 years ago, and said she is very proud of her son’s achievement. “Ben just loves to dance, and sing, and to act. He loves the theatre. So when he was chosen for the role of Fritz in the Nutcracker he was so excited, he was jumping up and down,” she said.
Mrs Sears said the family — including husband Matt and 13-year-old son, Luke — are looking forward to seeing Ben perform.
“This will be a great experience for him and he can’t wait for it. Ben doesn’t really get nervous so I think he’ll be fine performing in front of so many people,” she said.
“As much as he really loves theatre and acting, he doesn’t really know what he wants to do in the future — but he is still only ten. While he loves the performance side of things he also really loves science and sometimes says he’d like to be an astronomer, so who knows.
“For now though he is happy to continue dancing and performing. He loves watching ballet and the Academy is like his second home. He’s made a lot of good friends there and all of them are really proud of him. We just can’t wait to see him on stage.”
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