A CECIL Hills boy has had his dreams come true after he was picked to play an important role in the musical Beauty and the Beast.
Jacob Licastro, 12, was selected to play Chip, a boy put under a magic spell which turns him into a teacup.
Jacob was thrilled to get the role, for which more than 300 youngsters auditioned.
"I was extremely excited and scared at the audition as I've never been in a musical before," he said.
"I wanted to be in the show so much — I tried really hard to do my best.
"It makes me feel more confident in myself and I really want to learn all I can about being in musical theatre."
The Broadway musical is about a bright young woman, Belle, who is imprisoned in a castle with a mysterious Beast who is really a prince trapped in a spell.
With help from the castle's staff, a romance develops between them and Belle learns true beauty comes from within.
While it will be the first time Jacob is performing in a musical, he has been dancing since February 2010 — performing in local dancing concerts as well as a tap dance performance for the Woori Korean Bank event last year.
Jacob said he couldn't wait for the show to start, and to perform on stage.
He will perform alongside Adam Scicluna (The Wizard of Oz), Donna Lee (Les Miserables) and Scott Irwin (Sydney's original Beauty and the Beast).
Produced by Packemin Productions, Beauty and the Beast runs from July 18 to August 2 at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.
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