Cinderella panto stars are having a ball on the big stage
ALL eyes will be on 20 children from one school of dance when they feature in Nottingham's big pantomime Cinderella, which begins today.
The youngsters were selected at auditions by talent scout and trainer Greer Sheppard, 53 – and all of them attend the Marcia Jones School of Dance and Drama in Beeston.
The children, aged between 7 and 12, make up the opening scene of the show at the Theatre Royal, which this year stars American singer and actor Sheila Ferguson, who plays the Fairy Godmother, and EastEnders star John Partridge.
One of the dancers taking part in the show is Anais Toibin-Storer, 12, of Burton Joyce.
Anais has already performed in three Christmas pantomimes in Nottingham, including Jack And The Beanstalk, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty, but she says this year's is one of the best.
"We met the stars of the show earlier this week and they have been really lovely," she said.
"I think this year's panto is better than some of the others. I'm really excited about being involved. From the rehearsals that have taken place so far I think people will love it."
Another dancer, who will be treading the boards for the second year running, is eight-year-old Sommer Russell of Mornington Crescent, Nuthall.
She said: "I was in Sleeping Beauty last year and I'm really pleased to be in Cinderella. I really enjoy dancing in the opening scene. I also like the finale."
Dance teacher Greer Sheppard, who has more than 40 years' experience, said: "Everyone is well prepared and raring to go. The children have learned their routines well."
Cinderella runs at the Theatre Royal from today until Sunday, January 13. Tickets are £13.50 to £27.50 from the box office, call 0115 989 5555 or go to www.trch.co.uk.
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Don't miss Monday's Post for our review of Cinderella