Thriller on Jacko show tour

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By TARA DUN­DON tara.dun­don@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A CITY dancer has been left moon­walk­ing on air af­ter se­cur­ing a place in the world-wide Thriller Live tour.

Laura White (23) has al­ready toured Europe as a dancer in iconic mu­si­cal Fame!, but has her sights set on world dom­i­na­tion now that she is ap­pear­ing in the trib­ute show to Michael Jack­son.

The mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures the hit songs of the King of Pop’s solo ca­reer and tracks from his early days of star­dom with his broth­ers in the Jack­son Five.

It took London’s West End Lyric The­atre by storm when it opened af­ter the star’s sud­den death on June 25, 2009.

Now, Laura, of High Street, Maxey, is busy re­hears­ing for Thriller Live shows, which will see her per­form in front of hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple in Greece, Ja­pan, China and South Africa in a cou­ple of weeks’ time.

She said: “I am so ex­cited about go­ing on tour, but I am yet to meet the other cast mem­bers.

“The show is ba­si­cally a mu­si­cal based on all of Michael Jack­son’s songs, from be­ing in the Jack­son Five, to his last sin­gle. It is quite an hon­our to be a part of it.”

Laura au­di­tioned and se­cured the part af­ter hear­ing from her agent that the pro­duc­ers were seek­ing dancers.

She will ap­pear in sev­eral sec­tions of the show – in­clud­ing act­ing as a zom­bie dancer for the its piv­otal track, Thriller.

Af­ter gain­ing a BTEC Na­tional Diploma in Pro­fes­sional Mu­si­cal The­atre at the age of 21, Laura au­di­tioned and suc­cess­fully took the part of Carmen Diaz in the Euro­pean tour of Fame the Mu­si­cal.

But the four-and-a-half-month-tour – which stopped for shows in the Czech Re­pub­lic, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Aus­tria, Switzer­land and Den­mark – was sim­ply the first step for am­bi­tious Laura.

She went on to cruise around the world on a ferry ship as a dancer and also found time to set up her own dance school called White Starz.

Laura be­gan danc­ing when she was just 13 as an af­ter-school hobby.

She said: “As a child, I never grew up say­ing I want to be a dancer. But as soon as I started, ev­ery­thing changed and I re­alised that I was ac­tu­ally re­ally good.

“It is a tough in­dus­try to be in but it is also amaz­ing and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“I set up my com­pany be­cause I knew it would be hard to find an­other part in a show like Fame, but then I came across this place in Thriller.

Laura’s fa­ther, Ray, said: “I am very proud of her and pleased for her. She is in a very dif­fi­cult in­dus­try so it is tremen­dous that she has found her feet and got this part.

“We would hope to be able to go out to one of the coun­tries she will be tour­ing in to see her per­form.”

Pic­ture: ALAN STORER

THRILLED: Laura White, who has won a place in the world tour of Michael Jack­son trib­ute show, Thriller Live, prac­tices her moves with pupils from her dance school White Starz. (METP-29-05-10AS106)

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