Aspiring young stage star Louise has clinched a part in a professional musical based on one of literature’s greatest villains - Fagin.
This August Year 10 student Louise will join the cast of ‘Fagin’ which runs for four nights at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, Berkshire.
Louise showcased her talent for dancing, singing and acting at a series of auditions with Youth Music Theatre UK, the country’s leading music theatre company for young people.
She was picked from 1,200 other youngsters who auditioned, and will now join the rest of the cast at three-week workshop to learn her part.
“It’s really exciting. When I read the letter I couldn’t believe I had got in – so many people had auditioned,” said Louise. “I was really happy. I was telling everyone!”
Louise attends dance classes at Directions Theatre Arts school in Chesterfield. Performing also runs in her family. She said: “My grandma was a ballet dancer and my mum danced too, so I just took to it from a young age.”
Last year Louise starred in pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at Buxton Opera House where she shared the stage with professional performers. “I was one of the dancers. It was really tiring doing such a long run of shows but the adrenalin kept me going,” said Louise.
“I can’t wait to find out what part I’ve got in Fagin. The auditions were really fun and I’m looking forward to the summer school. I’ve already made a few friends. It’s great because we have the same interests.”
Every year, Youth Music Theatre UK selects young performers to star in its shows, training them up to star in vibrant and innovative productions across the UK’s top venues.
They even get to work with industry professionals like Fagin director Steven Dexter. Steven directed West End show Loserville in 2009 and has had shows at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Darrick Theatre, London.
Fagin is a bold new musical shedding light on some of Charles Dickens’ most famous characters including the likes of Bill Sikes, Nancy and Fagin’s first love Leeba. The show follows Fagin’s epic journey from early life as an eager East End entrepreneur to his decent into corruption and a mysterious man called Boz.
Fagin runs at South Hill Park Arts Centre from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th August 2015.