Sheringham pantomine boy bounces back from broken bone blow

Schoolboy actor Andrew Mitchell did not quite follow the showbiz good luck phrase 'break a leg' in the run-up to Sheringham's pantomime. He broke a collar bone instead.

The 14-year-old singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist was devastated about potentially losing his place in the chorus line at the Little Theatre's Dick Whittington production.

But the venue helped the lad overcome the hurdle and by the time his arm was almost back to normal just before opening night, he was back among the cast in true 'the show must go on' style.

Andrew suffered his injury during a rugby session at school last month, and found himself wearing a 'collar and cuff' sling to support his damaged arm.

Mum Karen, who is a nurse, said: 'He was terribly upset. Andrew was in last year's panto and two community musicals and had been rehearsing for this since mid September.'

Andrew had to cancel a grade five keyboard exam, and the Jeffersons Mandolin group he also plays in postponed a scheduled recording session until the New Year so he could join in.

'He could not sing or dance. The theatre was marvellous and said they would find a part for him somehow if it did not heal in time.

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'But he kept going to rehearsals to watch, and by the time his arm was ok he knew what to do,' said Mrs Mitchell.

A 15-strong family party went to see the show, with Andrew as part of Alice's All stars ensemble, by which time the youngster's shoulder problem, well it was .... 'behiiiiiind him.'

? Dick Whittington runs at Sheringham Little Theatre until January 2. Call 01263 822347 for tickets and information.

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