England has a history of giving birth to great musical talent and this boy is no exception!
Allow me to formally introduce England born 12 year old, Allan Clelland-Goddard.
Allan, son of Edward and Deborah, now lives in the small country of Trinidad and Tobago. While the country may be small, there is nothing small about the talent that young Allan has demonstrated!
Some children show talent at a very young age and Allan is a prime example of this. At only three years of age he would run and jump around the room singing (rollin, rollin, rollin), the thyme song from the old TV series Rawhide. At 5, he began taking piano lessons which he still thoroughly enjoys, and in addition plays the tenor steelpan. (The steelpan is the national instrument of Trinidad & Tobago and is a big part of the culture there).
When Allan was just 8 he was asked by his school to sing ‘Where is Love’ from The Musical ‘Oliver!’, on a cd which they were producing. He was the only solo artiston the cd so it was quite an honor! The following year, he auditioned for and was awarded the part of Oliverin the musical of the same name which was being produced by The University of The West Indies Arts Chorale. Allan just loved being a part of the show & he took to the stage as if he had been born there! The show was a success with Allan receiving many rave reviews.
In 2008, Allan continued performing on stage as “Kurt” in the “Sound of Music“ along with his twin sisters Kiona and Genevieve. Then just this year Allan won the part of ‘Chip’ in ‘The Beauty and the Beast‘.
Allan has beensinging calypsosin national competition since he was 6 years old. He has won many competitions and for two years straight has received the title of one of the ‘Top Twenty Stars of Tomorrow‘. (Click on award picture above for full article)
Aside from singing and playing music, Allan feels a lot of compassion for underprivileged children especially ‘street children’ and hopes one day to be able to do more to help them.
He is very happy and excited that his song ‘Street Children’ is gaining in popularity on YouTube and is getting a wider global audience with hopes it will touch the hearts of people who are in a position to help these children.
Today, Allan attends Secondary school at St. Mary’s College in the capital city of Trinidad, Port of Spain. He is an ‘A’ student and especially enjoys Spanish, French and Science. He is a popular student with many friends. He also enjoys debate and has competed in the school’s debating contest. It is noteworthy to mention that his newly formed team nearly captured the title in the last contest and set records for being the youngest team to achieve such a winning record.
Allan shows diversity with his interest excelling beyond music. He enjoys football and participates in a junior team called ‘Skye’. His favorite team is Manchester United and remains a true fan.
Allan’s goal is to be a famous entertainer, and has shown great zeal and much discipline in his effort to improve his vocal skills.
This is a young man that you will need to keep your eyes on in the future. There is no doubt, that Allan will continue to be rollin, rollin, rollin. Rolling right into success!
Although the musical “Oliver” has finally come to an end it will be forever captured in the heart of every performer, director, and theatre goer in Auckland. This by far was one of the most memorable Sky City Theatre events and can only be described as a Musical Triumph!
Sam and all the boys who played in the cast made memories and gained invaluable experience working with great directors, producers, and of course the fantastic Mark Hadlow! The best thing about this show was the fact that it didn’t Pick a Pocket or Two while at the same time made you Consider Yourself At Home! It was as if it was saying; “I’d do Anything For You”.
I personally was privileged to see this wonderful musical production in the States, and while different actors, producers and directors were involved, it made an everlasting impression on me. I know that it will stay in my heart for a long time and that the voices of so many wonderfully talented treble singers will ring in my ears for many years to come!
The last night of the show was met with many a tearful eye from each of the cast. There is just something to be said about the emotions that erupt within the heart of every actor when you know this is the last night. New friendships that were made during this time end far too soon. They wonder, “Will we ever meet them again or work with them in another production”? “Will this be the last time I ever see this co-actor”? And even though the body is tired and seeking rest there is a resounding cry that goes up by each performer “I wish this would never end!”
Yes “Oliver” has come to an end at the theatre but these are the memories that will keep it living on forever. And I am so happy that I have captured them here for you to return to whenever your lonely for just one more,