Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

ELEVEN-year-old Leo Brown was born with a cleft palate and lip but this hur­dle did not stop him from tak­ing up act­ing; in fact, it in­spired it.

Sug­gested as a way to as­sist his speech ther­apy, Brown started drama classes when he was four and is now a mem­ber of the Mid­nite Youth The­atre Com­pany.

The Year 6 stu­dent also plays the vi­o­lin and sings in St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral Choir.

His next per­for­mance will be star­ring in an­nual fundrais­ing pro­duc­tion A Dick­ens of a Christ­mas as Tiny Tim, with couple Alinta Car­roll and Dan Lux­ton play­ing his par­ents Bob and Mrs Cratchit.

“It’s the first play I’ll do where it’s all adults and I’m the only child ac­tor, so I think it’ll be fun but a bit dif­fer­ent for me,” Brown said.

“I got to meet my mum and dad in the play dur­ing the photo shoot and ev­ery­one seems really nice.”

Brown said he had been rec­om­mended for the pro­duc­tion through his work with Mid­nite Youth The­atre Com­pany, and al­though he was not fa­mil­iar with Charles Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Carol at the time, quickly jumped on board af­ter read­ing it.

Now in its fourth year, A Dick­ens of a Christ­mas is di­rected by An­thony Howes and brings ac­tors to­gether with the Phillips Chorale di­rected by Mar­i­lyn Phillips, the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s WA Brass, ac­com­pa­nist Ste­wart Smith and duo Bel Canto.

Ev­ery­one vol­un­teers their time and all pro­ceeds go to the home­less.

Brown, who is the youngest of three sib­lings and the only per­former in his fam­ily, said he planned to con­tinue act­ing but only as a hobby.

Leo Brown stars as Tiny Tim in

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