RISING theatre star Benjamin Dawson loved doing his second professional musical.
The ten-year-old appeared in Annie Get Your Gun at the Bournemouth Pavilion having landed the character of Little Jack.
The Gomer Junior School and St Vincent College Stageskool pupil made his professional debut last May appearing in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Mayflower, in Southampton.
And earlier this month, he went on stage again for the musical written by Irving Berlin.
Ben, from Gosport, said: ‘I was really nervous before going on stage but once I was on there, I was fine.
‘I practised hard for all my lines and I knew them.
‘It was really exciting to be back on the stage.’
Ben featured alongside Jonathan Wilkes, from We Will Rock You, West End leading lady Emma Williams and Norman Pace, who featured in Chicago.
He added: ‘I liked performing both nights but the Saturday night was my favourite because I knew what I had to do and there was more people.
‘It was good getting dressed up in my costume and speaking my lines on stage.’
In the past year, Ben has gone for auditions in London and got down to the final few for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
He aims to do more auditions and shows in the future.
Mum Claire said she is really proud of how far Ben has come and enjoyed watching him at the Mayflower last year and the Bournemouth Pavilion this year.
She said: ‘He was fabulous in it. We went over his lines before the show and he knew them all perfectly.
‘He was in all the right places and in time with the musical so it was really good.
‘I think I got more nervous about it than he did.
‘But after the first night I could relax a lot more because I knew he knew what he was doing.’
She added: ‘I am just so proud of him.
‘He has been auditioning for a lot of shows in London and has done really well considering they have a more rigorous process when it comes to the auditions.
‘So the future looks bright for him and his theatre careers.’