Kerr McCluskey will be on stage for the first time when he takes on the role of the young orphan at the Pavilion Theatre this month.
Kerr, from Uddingston, Lanarkshire, decided to try for the part with the Apollo Players theatre group after his cousin Carlina McCluskey, 17, told him they were looking for 60 children to take part in the musical Oliver!
He had been to see her perform in the group's production of Me And My Girl' and was keen to try his hand on the stage.
His parents, Kirsty, 37, and Robert, 38, took him to the general audition after which he asked if he could try out to play Oliver.
Kerr, a pupil at Muiredge Primary, Blantyre, got the part, along with two other boys who will take turns playing the role on different nights.
Now he rehearses three days a week and is loving the song and dance.
He said: "I love being up there and singing. My favourite part is doing the Consider Yourself dance. I love going to rehearsals."
His success in winning the part came as a much-needed boost for the family as his gran, Irene Black, 63, is having treatment for breast cancer.
She was diagnosed in April and has had chemotherapy and is expecting to have a mastectomy next month .
Mrs McCluskey said: "Kerr and his older sister Eva are very close to my mum and they keep her going.
"She is looking forward to going to see him."
The musical is based on the Charles Dickens novel, which tells the story of an orphan who becomes a street urchin and gets involved with Fagin and a gang of pickpockets before the boy is saved by a kind, wealthy gentleman.
The tale was used for a stage musical and then a musical film in 1968 and hit songs by composer Lionel Bart included Food, Glorious Food and You've Got to Pick A Pocket Or Two. The film won six Oscars.
Kerr will perform in the show on October 23, 24 and 26. His cousin Max Gibson, 14, plays one of the boys in the show.
Mrs McCluskey said: "Kerr is loving it. He has never been in a school play but he has been great.
"He has always been a real character. He is really confident, cheeky and full of fun."