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Sara Odeen-Isbister , Reporter
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A TALENTED young singer and dancer has landed a part in Billy Elliot The Musical.
Charlotte Nicholls, of Polesworth Road, Dagenham, was chosen from hundreds of fellow hopefuls to play a supporting role in the hit stage production.
The Cambell Junior School pupil, who makes her professional début next month, says the news came as a big shock.
“I was standing in the school playground when mum told me I’d got the part.
“I just screamed out loud.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
Charlotte, 10, was put forward for auditions by the Katie Guyton Stage School in Cowbridge Lane, Barking, where she attends dance, singing and drama lessons.
Her mum, Sarah, says around 300 girls battled it out for a handful of parts.
“The whole audition process was quite nerve racking, though maybe more for me than Charlotte
“She was quite calm and handled it all very well. I’m immensely proud of her.”
Charlotte, who will be playing a young ballerina called Alison Summers, starts rehearsing this week,
She admits she can’t wait to perform on the London stage.
“I’m a bit nervous, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said.
“I’ve met some of the other girls and they were really nice.”
Charlotte is the second youngster from Katie Guyton Stage School to land a part in Billy Elliot.
Aaron Lynch, six, of Valence Avenue, Dagenham, has had a supporting role since March.
Katie, from the stage school, said everyone was proud of Charlotte and Aaron and are going to see them in the show at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Victoria, London.
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