Sunderland schoolboy to appear alongside Jason Donovan in Annie Get Your Gun

Oliver Blake aged ten will be appearing in Annie Get Your Gun at the Sunderland Empire.
Oliver Blake aged ten will be appearing in Annie Get Your Gun at the Sunderland Empire.
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A TALENTED schoolboy will be saying g’day to a West End star when they share the spotlight.

Oliver Blake, 10, from Tunstall, will be starring alongside former Neighbours actor and pop star Jason Donovan after landing a role in Annie Get Your Gun.

The Durham Chorister pupil, who also attends Stagecoach drama school, impressed a casting associate at auditions held at Sunderland Empire.

He’ll join Aussie actor Jason and his fellow cast members, West End star Emma Williams and comedian Norman Pace, when the new version of the classic musical plays Wearside next month.

Proud mum Debra Quinn said: “It’s been a really busy year for Oliver.

“He was in Peter Pan in Whitley Bay at Christmas with another Neighbours actor, Mark Little.

“He’ll also be at the Sunderland Empire in Evita with Marti Pellow. He’s over the moon to be getting roles like this.

“He sings in the choir at Durham Cathedral with his school, but he loves all sides of performing: singing and dancing too.”

Oliver will also be on the small screen this year after filming scenes for CBBC period drama Harriet’s War.

He will share the role of Little Jake for the week-long Sunderland leg of the Annie Get Your Gun tour with Whitley Bay schoolboy James Styles, 10.

The new version of the musical, which has been brought back to life by the producers of the Barbican production of South Pacific and the Sadlers Wells production of West Side Story, features songs including There’s No Business Like Show Business, Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better and Annie Get Your Gun.

The musical tells the story of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West female sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with fellow sharpshooter, Frank Butler.

l Annie Get Your Gun is at Sunderland Empire from June 3-7.

Tickets are available on 0844 871 3022.