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John Phillips, Senior Reporter
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Teenage rising star Amy Green hopes to hit the big time after landing the leading part in the new Cinderella pantomime at the Broadway Theatre.
The 18-year-old actress will star in a brand new version of the rags-to-riches tale produced by Arc, the award-winning theatre company that directed an acclaimed trilogy of knife-crime plays in Barking.
The starlet finally has got her first big break after singing in the chorus of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End four years ago.
Amy, 18, of Hornchurch, said: “It’s really exiting but also very nerve-wracking.
“The audition was scary. There were about 10 girls doing Cinderella and I was the only one who had not had previous experience.
“The pantomime has got original music. It’s very much like a musical with pantomime elements, which is great.
“I’m really exited to bring it all to life. After reading the script I loved it. It’s really funny. I can’t wait to be in it. I think the audience is going to love it.”
Amy will tread the boards at the Broadway from November 29 with her Prince Charming, Sharif Afifi, who comes fresh from Rent at the Greenwich Theatre.
Amy has been studying drama at the Finch Stage School, which trained Michelle Dockery - Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama Downton Abbey.
She is hoping to use her experience at the Broadway Theatre as a stepping stone to study at a major performance school like Guildford School of Acting or Central Saint Martins in London and turn professional.
The Arc theatre company in Abbey Road, Barking, wrote and directed the musical.
Their Blade trilogy of plays, which deals with knife crime, has been hailed by the Metropolitan Police and received the backing of prominent knife campaigner Brooke Kinsella.
Linda Finch, the principal of Finch Stage School in Dagenham, said: “It’s wonderful for her. Amy is a beautiful singer, she deserves it. She’s a very nice girl. She will make a beautiful Cinderella.”
Cinderella will be on at the Broadway until January 2. Tickets cost between £12 and £15. Box office: 020 8507 5607.
The Met are trying to trace a man after a car was involved in a collision with an unmarked police car in Dagenham, hospitalising an officer.
Politicians from across Barking and Dagenham have been paying tribute to veteran Labour and anti-war campaigner Tony Benn who died this morning aged 88.