Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
4:46 PM 31st January 2020

Opera North Part For Max

Giggleswick Junior School pupil Max Scholey is appearing in Opera North production ‘Street Scene’, performing at Leeds Grand Theatre and on its forthcoming tour.

Ten-year-old Max, who lives in Grassington, is playing a boy called Zoll in the show, which is going to the Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry, Salford Quays and Theatre Royal, Nottingham after its Leeds run.

Max is also an extra on both small and big screen. He is in the new version of TV’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, which airs later this year and has just finished filming a new Hollywood movie shot in Yorkshire. Look out for the young actor in a book trailer and cover for well know author Linda Green’s 'One Moment', due out in paperback on March 5 and on the BBC Radio 2 Bookclub soon.

Around 300 children applied for the part of Zoll and Max had to go through two auditions of singing, acting and reacting to scenes with an opera singer. 
He can also be seen on stage at Giggleswick’s Richard Whiteley Theatre in March when he plays the narrator, Lewis Carroll, in the Junior School’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

Said Max: “I have gained lots of experience at school in productions and performing arts festivals. It has really helped with my confidence when auditioning for parts on stage outside school.

“Everyone at school was really excited when they found out I’d got the role and have been so supportive since I started rehearsing and performing around three months ago.”

As well as performing arts lessons, Giggleswick Junior School pupils enjoy speech and drama lessons. Max also attends drama club where pupils are encouraged to take part in some improvisation and have a go at writing their own scripts and stories to perform.