Billy Elliot wannabe Jake, 8, lands a pantomime part

Jake Pike, taking part in Guildhall Production.
Jake Pike, taking part in Guildhall Production.
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SUPERSTAR in the making Jake McDonald-Pike, 8, sees a West End career in his future - and a big part in the Guildhall panto is his first step.

Readers may remember Jake has featured in the Journal before, when he shared his big dream to be cast as Billy Elliot in a big stage production.

And that is still his dream, almost 18 months later.

A part as dwarf Silly in the upcoming Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the perfect chance to start working on his acting skills.

While talking about being cast, a huge smile spread across his face.

He said: “When I found out I’d got the part, I was thinking lots of things, like I’m going to be in front of lots of people and going to be a dwarf. I’ve been in shows before but not a panto.

“I’m really excited about everything I’m going to be doing.”

Mum Liz McDonald and dad Dave Pike, theatre technician at the Guildhall, could not be prouder of their little boy.

Liz, of Springfield Road, Grantham, said: “I am really proud of him, getting a part in his first audition.”

Dave, of West Avenue, added: “For me, I couldn’t ask for anything more special than for Jake to be acting in my own venue.

“It came as a surprise when Liz said Jake was going to audition, and I was over the moon when I heard he was actually going to be in it.”

Jake showed not an ounce of nervousness when he arrived for his audition, his very first, some months ago, said Liz.

She added: “On the morning, he kept asking ‘are we going yet’. He wasn’t nervous at all.

“He walked into the room full of people and a panel of judges. I had to leave him there all day.

“He wasn’t fazed, he was thinking it was cool. I was more nervous watching the clock at home wondering how he was getting on.

“He was sitting on the steps with some of the others when I got there at 4 o’clock, and they said he’d been absolutely brilliant and wasn’t scared to do anything they’d asked him to do.

“He came away smiling his head off.”

l See page 41 for more details on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Guildhall Arts Centre.