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Noah Luis has always been a showman.
Ever since he was little, as long as a crowd laughed, he was satisfied.
Noah, 10, will star as Michael Banks in the Rainbow Stage’s upcoming production of Mary Poppins.
"He started dancing at (the Royal Winnipeg Ballet) when he was three and a half," said Noah’s mother, Bela Luis.
"He was always singing all the time," said Bela. "Probably since he was four or five he always said he wanted to be a singer and an actor, a triple-threat, that sort of thing. Move to New York and be on Broadway."
Starring as the young Mr. Banks is not Noah’s first time on stage. Noah was on the Rainbow Stage in last year’s production of Annie, and danced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Princess and the Goblin, and twice in the Nutcracker.
"We’re lucky in Winnipeg to have so many opportunities," said Bela.
Playing Michael Banks will be one of Noah’s larger roles.
"It’s a step up from what I’ve been doing so far," said Noah. "It’s exciting, not scary."
Noah loves to be on the stage because he knows it’s where he excels.
"It just feels like something I’m actually good at," said the Riverview resident. "It’s my passion, it’s something I enjoy doing, whatever dance it is, hip-hop, ballet, jazz, any of that."
Noah’s favourite type of dance is musical theatre, making Mary Poppins a perfect fit. He first auditioned for the part of Michael Banks earlier this year and had three callbacks. At each callback, he watched the other boys dwindle away.
"After the third callback, a week later we got the email: ‘You’re Michael Banks!’" said Noah.
To prepare for the debut, Noah and his castmates have been in rehearsal six days a week for six or seven hours a day. In addition, Noah runs lines at home for an hour.
"I enjoy the process," said Noah. "It’s fun."
Noah has another role that he fills when he isn’t acting, singing, or dancing. He is 2013’s ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Noah suffers from type 1 diabetes but doesn’t let it interfere with living his life.
"If I’m doing a lot of physical activity it affects me," said Noah. "But if I’m just singing for a bit it doesn’t affect as much."
"His blood sugar can go really low so he just needs to up it with an apple juice," said Bela. "But he’s good at knowing how that feels."
This fall Noah will enter fifth grade at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Fort Garry. He has been invited to participate in the school’s musical theatre club there as well.
Mary Poppins opens on the Rainbow Stage Aug. 9 and runs to August 29. Tickets can be purchased by calling 204-989-0888 or visiting rainbowstage.ca