For those of you that may have missed it (unlikely) Cameron’s run in the West End finished next Friday, so if you haven’t had a chance to see him you had better hurry up!
We are so incredibly proud of Cameron, he has done an amazing job and thoroughly loved EVERY minute of his time on the stage.
I would also personally like to thank everyone involved who has helped Cam on this amazing journey including the cast who have been fabulous.
I am looking forward to his last show and I’m sure it will be very emotional!
West End debut for budding star
April 17, 2009
A BOY from Ashtead has made his West End debut opposite Jason Donovan at the age of just seven.
Cameron Sayers is playing Donovan’s son Benjamin in the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at London’s Palace Theatre.
In only his second stage role, Cameron speaks all his lines in an Australian accent as well as singing a duet with the leading man.
His mother Vanessa said her son had always wanted to act.
“I know people always say that, but he has been talking about it since we can remember,” she said. “He was born to do this.”
Cameron, a pupil at the Greville Primary School, is taken to his twice-weekly performances by his mum, his dad Mark and his grandparents.
Cameron’s family, including his four-year-old brother Tyler, have also been helping him perfect his lines and Australian accent.
“It has been a real family effort,” Mrs Sayers added. “We are all so proud of what Cameron has achieved. It has all been so quick – this was his first West End audition so it is incredible he got it.
“Cameron is loving being on stage. He sings at home all the time and practices his lines to himself constantly. He is so committed.”
Five boys share the role of Benjamin, taking turns with the show’s eight performances a week until September.
Cameron opened the show’s West End run on March 10 with two weeks of previews, and also performed at the press night and gala evening.
Mrs Sayers said that although her son was working hard, the family was being careful to make sure it did not interfere with his schooling.
“His school have been wonderfully supportive,” she said. “But we are keeping a careful eye on him to make sure he stays on track and isn’t too tired.”
Cameron started acting professionally when he won the part of Wendy’s little brother Michael at Epsom Playhouse’s Peter Pan pantomime.
“It was obvious despite his young age that he had a huge amount of talent,” said Songtime Theatre Arts principal Matthew Chandler, who auditioned Cameron and then put him forward to play Benjamin in Priscilla.
“He impressed both the producers and the audience at every performance,” he said. “I feel sure this young man is destined to see his name in lights in the future.”