Dream comes true for gifted Kathryn

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A dream has come true for a dance-mad Mansfield teenager after she beat hundreds of talented youngsters to win a part in a prestigious youth ballet.

Brunts Academy student Kathryn Rowton will be appear in a lavish adaptation of Sleeping Beauty at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton for three performances from 19 – 20th September with English Youth Ballet (EYB).

The 13-year-old, who also studies performing arts at the Benson Studios of Theatre Arts, in Leeming Street, will be playing the roles of Carabosse’s Monster and Little Jewel in the lavish production.

She was selected for a coveted place in the show in June after beating around 250 gifted performers for a role.

She will be joining talented youngsters from around the UK in the show, which stars Australian principal ballerina Amy Drew and Brenden Bratulic, who has previously performed with English National Ballet.

Kathryn’s dad Matthew told Chad: “This is something that Kathryn sought out - it was something she came to us with and said she wanted to do.

“It’s given her a the valuable experience of auditioning for a top show, but has also given her the opportunity to meet and work with other young dancers from around the country. She started doing ballet just before her fourth birthday and she absolutely loves it.”

Amy Drew said: “The young dancers we are working with are doing so well. Working in a professional environment gives the students a unique insight into life in a ballet company. Kathryn is so lucky – I wish there had been something like EYB when I was training.”

For tickets call 01902 429212 or visit: www.grandtheatre.co.uk.