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Jack’s night at the opera

Jack Haystead at Stardom Theatre School will play Madam Butterfly's son in the opera at Victoria Theatre. Pictured with Bethany McEvoy, Thomas Hardcastle, Grace Shepherd, Olivia Harrison and Lily Welham.

Jack Haystead at Stardom Theatre School will play Madam Butterfly's son in the opera at Victoria Theatre. Pictured with Bethany McEvoy, Thomas Hardcastle, Grace Shepherd, Olivia Harrison and Lily Welham.

Brighouse schoolboy Jack Haystead’s stage career is taking flight with a role in the opera Madam Butterfly at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

Jack, aged seven, of Hove Edge, has been picked to portray the child of Madam Butterfly in Puccini’s magnificent opera.

A year three pupil at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Jack attends the Stardom School of Performing Arts which holds classes in Northowram and Shelf.

His mum, Claire, said: “Jack loves tap-dancing, singing and performing. He started going to the Stardom School on Saturday mornings in May and he’s gained in confidence as he’s gone along.

“He’s a little bit apprehensive about appearing on stage at the Victoria Theatre but mostly he’s excited.

“He was in the pantomime at St John’s, Rastrick, and he really enjoyed himself. His older brother James, who is 14, is mad about football but for Jack it’s all about singing and dancing.”

Liz Davies , principal of Stardom School, said: “Jack is a lovely little boy, he has a quiet confidence about him.

“We were contacted by the casting director for Madam Butterfly and suggested some of our boys but Jack was the one they picked - together with another one of our boys, Jack Woolford from Baildon, who is understudy.”

Madam Butterfly is being presented at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, by the Grand Opera of Belarus on Friday March 1. The company will also present Puccini’s La Boheme on Thursday, February 28.

Both performances start at 7.30pm and there will be a pre-show talk in the main auditorium.

Puccini’s Madam Butterfly is the story of a trusting Japanese maid who catches the attention and affections of an American officer.

In order to become his bride she must cross cultural boundaries and defy the will of her family. While she waits for his return, she faces a serious dilemma.

The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus opened in 1933 and quickly gained a reputation for its high quality and professionalism.

The company toured the most prestigious stages in the former Soviet Union and has toured the world continuously in recent times, visiting more than 30 countries in the past 15 years.

Tickets for the two operas are available from the box office on 01422 351158.

 

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