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Student from Archbishop Sancroft High School lands lead part in Elf at Norwich Playhouse

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A student from Archbishop Sancroft High School has landed the lead child part in Elf at Norwich Playhouse.

CLASSIC TALE: Korben White will play Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this week.
CLASSIC TALE: Korben White will play Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream this week.

The auditions consisted of a workshop, improvisation and dialogue.

Korben White and the other children competing for the role then had to sing either a solo or with a group.

Director Dan Rayner said: "Korben wowed us with his prepared audition piece as Michael. He absolutely smashed it and was the obvious choice as soon as I'd seen him. He's such a great young actor to work with. He is creative, committed and willing to challenge himself."

Korben will not only play Michael in the Threshold Theatre production, but will also be on stage this week as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

At the moment, Korben, who has been acting since he was three, is spending up to 16 hours a week in rehearsals, while also maintaining his school work.

The 12-year-old from Dickleburgh said: “It’s been hard work rehearsing for two shows, yet it’s lots of fun, too.

“They are both very different productions, however, it is a brilliant challenge and I am learning so much. I know it will give me strong foundations on which to build my acting career.”

His idol is Idina Menzel, who played the original Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and the West End, and he would like to follow in her footsteps one day.

Korben is not the only one in his family pursuing a career in the creative industry.

His nine-year-old brother is aspiring to be a guitarist.

Mum Nina Green said: “I have always encouraged my boys to be what they want to be and do what they want to do. I am incredibly proud of them.

“Korben’s passion and commitment to theatre shines through, while Devon’s enthusiasm and natural talent is wonderful.

“Seeing them perform, doing what they love, makes me so happy. I just want them to be able to follow their dreams and live their best life.”

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