Mia to star in Peter Pan

FAMILY FORTUNE ... Mia Thompson, niece of the creator of TVs Hebburn, has won a part in Peter Pan at the Metro Radio Arena.

FAMILY FORTUNE ... Mia Thompson, niece of the creator of TVs Hebburn, has won a part in Peter Pan at the Metro Radio Arena.

TALENTED Mia Thompson is proving there’s only one business for her family – showbusiness.

The 10-year-old niece of Hebburn creator Jason Cook is set to appear on stage at one of the North East’s biggest venues.

The St Oswald’s C of E Primary School pupil has landed a role as a Lost Girl in Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story.

The show is calling at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena in January as part of a world arena tour.

Mia, who lives in Park Road, Hebburn, with mum Alix, dad Garry and little sister Lola, two, landed the part after going along to open auditions at the MetroCentre in Gateshead.

Mia, who has attended Poppleton’s School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jarrow since she was five, said: “We had to stand up and say why we wanted to be a Lost Boy or Girl and then we had to show our talent, so I danced.

“I told them that even though I love my parents, I’d love to know what it was like to be a Lost Girl and be able to do whatever I wanted.

“The judges talked among themselves and then told everyone there and then whether they’d got the part or not.

“It was quite harsh and everyone was really good, so I was really nervous.

“Other people were saying that they went to drama school and that being part of the show was an amazing opportunity, and I said I wanted to run around and do what I wanted.

“No one in the first group got through so I thought I had no chance. I just burst out crying when they told me I had the part.

“I still can’t believe I’m going to be on stage at the arena.

“I’ve been there to see One Direction, JLS and Diversity and now I’m going to be on the same stage – Uncle Jason hasn’t even been there.

“All my friends are excited and my dance teacher Tracey gave me a big hug and told me she was proud of me.

“I don’t think I’m going to audition for anything else just yet though because it was very nerve-wracking.

“I will when I’m older though. I think I’d like to be an actress.”

The classic story tells the tale of a little boy who would never grow up.

Mia’s mum Alix said: “I burst out crying as well when they told her she’d got through.

“I was just a bag of nerves but I could tell the judges liked her because they didn’t stop smiling while they were watching her.

“It’s going to be amazing to see her on stage at the arena – if I can see through the tears!

“I’ve always been very proud of her but this is just something else.”

Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story is at the Metro Radio Arena on January 15 and 16.

Tickets for the 7pm shows cost from £20.

To book, go to www.metroradioarena.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 493 6666.

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