SOME 80 youngsters went animal crackers yesterday as the curtain went up on Doctor Dolittle at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
The production is being staged as part of the venue’s annual summer school which spends three weeks with the budding actors who start from scratch and put together a musical or play.
In only his second year in summer school Sam Morris has been thrust into the limelight by taking on the title role.
The 18-year-old, of Castly View, Doxey, has plenty of experience under his belt with other youth theatre groups.
“(Doctor Dolittle) is completely off the wall really,” he said.
Indeed the good doctor discovers he can talk to animals and that’s where the fun starts.
““He’s a very eccentric, impulsive and unpredictable character. The whole character has been accepting this fantasy is real, that you can talk to animals. It’s a fun role to play,” said Sam.
“This is only my second time doing summer school but I have worked in other companies. It’s my first lead role as well. It’s very nerve-wracking. Normally summer school is quite intense.”
The teenager has just left Stoke Sixth Form College where he studied theatre, English literature and media
Has an unconditional offer at Salford University to study broadcast journalism.
“I would like to continue acting as a hobby while I’m at university. I always thought it would be nice to have something to fall back on.”
Dr Dolittle runs until Saturday at the Gatehouse Theatre. For times and tickets call 01785 254653 or visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk.