FIVE youngsters from Burton and South Derbyshire are set to take to the stage after beating hundreds of others to claim starring roles in a new play.
The dreams of Megan Bagnall, 12, Emma Balderston, 11, and Isabel Dixon, Charlotte Holmes and Georgina Love, all 10, have come true after landing roles in English Youth Ballet’s (EYB) production of Nutcracker, in Nottingham.
They were selected at an audition in March from more than 250 young hopefuls.
British principal artist Oliver Speers told the Mail ‘there is such a wonderful team spirit in the young company’.
He said: “The young dancers we are working with in Nottingham have good technique and great energy.
“Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company.
“They are so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training.
“I feel very privileged to be a principal with EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers. I find them pretty inspiring.”
The youngsters will appear in the show at the Nottingham Theatre Royal for three performances from July 25 to 26.
The young cast are working with the EYB’s principal dancers as part of a 10-day intensive rehearsal process. The story of the shows sees a young girl called Clara is given a nutcracker doll for Christmas and follows her as her dreams come true as he is transformed into a handsome prince.