Young actors earn roles in national show

Troy Tipple and Mia Speight have secured parts in the national premier of Strictly Ballroom the musical.
Troy Tipple and Mia Speight have secured parts in the national premier of Strictly Ballroom the musical.
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A pair of young performers have landed roles in the national premier of Strictly Ballroom the musical.

Troy Tipple, 12, and Mia Speight,10, will play the roles of young ballroom dancers Luke and Kylie.

Musical: Troy and Mia with the cast of Strictly Ballroom.

Musical: Troy and Mia with the cast of Strictly Ballroom.

Jane Tipple, Troy’s mum said: “We just wish them all the best for the rest of the run, we have seen the show and it was fantastic.

“Troy just loves it and is a totally different child when he performs, we are so lucky to have him, he is just a really good kid.”

The show opened on Tuesday at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and is based on the movie of the same name.

And it is directed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie.

The pair have continued their studies at Leeds West Academy and Fountain Primary School while also attending the Scala School of Performing Arts and the Italia Conti Associates.

Mia has attended stage schools since she was four and Troy has been going since he was eight.

The youngsters have already notched up a long list of high profile performances, with Mia performing in Scrooge the musical with Tommy Steele and Troy starring as Charlie Bucket in a West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Troy is also set to appear in a BBC drama about the Bronte family, playing a young Branwell.

His mum said he was not familiar with the Brontes but still landed the role of troubled Branwell.

Mrs Tipple said: “He just picked up the script and went with it, learnt his lines by just going upstairs to his room.

“He is more aware now of the history of the Brontes because of the filming.”

Troy and Mia’s families both thanked the staff at the Italia Conti, Scala School of Performing Arts and staff at both Leeds West Academy and Fountain Primary School for their support.