Amos sets his sights on the world stage

HE has been performing for less than six months, but already Amos Walker dreams of one day taking the stage on the West End.

And with his first part in a major theatre production a principal role in Les Miserables, he is on his way.

At just 11-years-old Amos, from Nimmitabel, will play street merchant Gavroche in the Canberra Philharmonic Society's production of one of Les Miserables.

Amos is one of the youngest in the 67 person cast.

He has been rehearsing in Canberra for the past four-and-half months gearing up for 18 shows over three weeks.

It has been a big learning curve for Amos who is only new to the stage but fellow cast members have commented on his ability with prophecies he will go far.

"You can see the expressions on their faces when they heard him sing," Amos' mother Diane said.

Amos became interested in performing in musical theatre after seeing his older sister Mae perform in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan, last year.

Soon after, he began receiving music lessons from Cooma teacher Robert Shearer who had encouraged him to audition for the role.

Amos said the experience so far had "been completely amazing" and "quite nerve-wracking".

He is sharing the role with another young actor, performing as Gavroche on opening night and eight other times. During the other performances he will be part of the chorus.

With just one week until opening night on February 21 at Erindale Theatre in Canberra, Amos says he is looking forward to the big night.

Beyond Les Miserables, Amos has a few other ideas of what he wants to do and hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre.

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