TWO Skegness based theatre students are making names for themselves on the Big Stage in the Big City thanks to their talent and instruction from a local dance school.
Jade Speed will be taking on the role of orphan Annie in London and her brother Harley also gets to play an orphan in Fagin’s gang in a production of Oliver in the West End.
Jade is a student in dance and musical theatre at Janice Sutton’s Theatre School. She is a well known performer and personality that audiences have got to know through Janice Sutton productions at the Embassy Theatre. Jade landed the role after taking part in auditions with hundreds of other girls.
She said : “I was amazed to be given the title role. The producer was “blown away” when I walked into the audition as a small red haired girl with a big voice and acting ability. I knew the role. I love Annie and have been in the professional touring show playing Pepper when it came to the Embassy Theatre in Skegness.”
Jade follows in her brother Harley’s footsteps. He has appeared in Oliver at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, for a year.
Jade said : “We are both so lucky to have had this great opportunity and proud to be part of our Theatre School which has given us so many stage experiences and great training in musical theatre.”
Janice Sutton said she was delighted with the siblings’ news.
“To land two West End roles is fantastic. They are a very talented brother and sister, great performers, and they are so lucky. It must be the colour of their hair!”
Jade follows in the footsteps on Aileen Quinn and Sarah Jessica Parker who both played the title role in film and on Broadway.