Callum, 11, lands musical lead role

Oliver Blake, Caroline Sabiston and Callum Saddler.
Oliver Blake, Caroline Sabiston and Callum Saddler.

A talented youngster from Cramlington has landed the lead role as a well-loved family classic comes to the stage this April.

Callum Saddler, 11, is set to play Oliver as West End Operatic Society performs the musical from Tuesday to Saturday, April 5 to 9, at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle.

The Cramlington Learning Village pupil’s love of singing, dancing and acting began when he gained the role of Joseph in his school’s Christmas performance at the age of six.

Voice coaching in addition to his many classes attended at the Tyne Theatre Stage School stood him in good stead for his first professional role as Benji, the stage son of Jason Donovan during the national tour of Priscilla, Queen of The Desert, at the Sunderland Empire in 2013.

This was a very exciting role for him, as he had to sing a duet with Jason live on stage every night.

He was successful in gaining the role again a year later at the Theatre Royal Newcastle.

Other professional roles have included working in the ensemble with Marti Pellow in the national tour of Evita at The Theatre Royal as well as the small boy in the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for CTP, again at the Theatre Royal.

More recently Callum played the part of Oliver at the Whitley Bay Playhouse which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Callum has also performed at the same venue with Bluegenie’s productions of Beauty and The Beast and Peter Pan, while also having a part in The Vicar of Dibley.