Sydney Catholic student Jamila Escobar will bring the essence and creativity of American entertainer Sammy Davis Junior to life in Candy Man, reports The Daily Telegraph.
The all-singing and all-dancing extravaganza is on stage at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta next week and the eight-year-old from Liverpool will be front and centre of the youth choir.
She will join award-winning performer Wayne Scott Kermond, an eight-piece big band, and a cast of dancers in chronicling the life of the man who brought the world Mr Bojangles, Singin' in the Rain and What Kind of Fool Am I?
The All Saints Catholic Public School student has been singing for two years and dancing for six but this will be her first full-scale production. 'I have auditioned for The Lion King andAnnie but this is the first one I have been chosen for,' she said. 'I'm very lucky to get into a production like this, especially because I am only eight.'
Despite her age, Jamila already has her sights firmly set on a life in the limelight. 'I'm pretty much the whole package so of course I would like to be famous,' she laughed. 'I want to be a professional dancer and I would love to teach in dancing schools - it would be so cool if I could sing and dance forever.'