by Amy Lyne
WHEN Aladdin freed a genie from a lamp all of his wishes came true, now the same is happening for a Toowoomba man destined to take on the leading role.
On the stage since "he was an infant" Ben Gillespie first took on the world of musical theatre in the garden city before taking his talents national and even international.
His latest role will see him join the ensemble cast of Aladdin The Musical. However he will also be the understudy for the lead role.
"I auditioned about three months ago and the show is obviously touring now so they needed someone for an immediate start," Mr Gillespie said.
The show is currently being performed in Melbourne and will head a bit closer to home for Mr Gillespie in February when it comes to Brisbane.
"I have watched it about eight times; there is so much happening on stage," he said.
"The sets are spectacular. I am just sitting there gobsmacked at what is going on."
Mr Gillespie, 26, finished his schooling at Downlands College and while still in Toowoomba performed at the Empire Theatre and with the Choral Society and Philharmonic Society.
After school he attended the internationally acclaimed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
He even took on a leading role in the Empire Theatre's 2009 major production of Singin' in the Rain before touring with the national production - which went to Japan at the start of this year.
Now based in Melbourne, Mr Gillespie is excited to be understudying a lead role for the first time.
"It is a lot of pressure, but I enjoy the pressure. There are many people relying on you to be a good product for an audience and to be entertaining and exciting," he said.
"But most people walk away with a smile on their face."
Mr Gillespie is excited to come back to visit Toowoomba when the production hits Brisbane from February 25.