LUKE Higgins’ ambitions extend beyond the stage as he prepares to make his panto debut in Aladdin this winter.
The young actor, who will play the title role in the production at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, is also hoping to take in one or two winter sports!
“It’s such a beautiful venue and beautiful area,” he told the Pioneer. “There is countryside everywhere up here. It’s beautiful.
“I’ve heard there is some mountains to go up and tobogganing and the dry ski slope. I want to do that.”
The London-born actor is in his final year studying at D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Bromley, Kent, but has already appeared in BBC TV dramas Call The Midwife and Cradle to Grave, E4’s Stage School as well as Alan Carr’s Grease Night on Channel 4.
But he couldn’t believe his luck when he landed his first pantomime role as Aladdin.
“I’m absolutely buzzing. When I found out I was going to play Aladdin I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I’ve seen panto on Boxing Day every year since I was born.
“I am so excited. I just want to start now. Aladdin is bouncy and has a lot of fun and I just can’t wait.
His first taste of acting came when he played Charley Bates in the musical, Oliver!, at the Theatre Royal Dury Lane in the West End and he says he loves the thrill of performing live.
“The risk of things going wrong. That’s what I love,”he says.
“That if something goes wrong you have to cover yourself and improvise. That’s what I love – the buzz. I can’t explain the feeling, so everyone has to go and try it.”
Higgins promises that this year’s panto will be a showstopper.
He says: “The audience can expect amazement. Right from the beginning, you’re like ‘wow!’.”
For more information or to book tickets to see Aladdin, call Venue Cymru on 01492 872000 or visit www.venuecymru.co.uk