September 2015: Pantomine curtain call for students


FOUR students who attend the same high school and dance academy earned places in professional pantomimes.

Haslingden High School students Siena Spall and Emily Biel from Newchurch and Bethan Nelson and Charlie Morris from Bacup successfully completed auditions. All attend Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup.

Siena, 14, and Charlie, 13, will be dancing and singing in the junior chorus of Cinderella at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, in December.

They will also be dancing in the English Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Buxton Opera House in November.

Emily, 13, was also successful in the auditions for Cinderella but unfortunately was ‘too small’ to have a role.

She said: “Although I got through the audition there are two groups for the chorus and both of the girls have to be the same size so only one set of costumes in necessary.”

Siena said: “Each of the chorus groups will be performing in 16 shows both evenings and matinees and we have a week of rehearsals in November. I am really looking forward to performing on the stage.”

Charlie has been at Dansworks for five-and-a-half years and has been dancing since she was two. She said: “I am really looking forward to working with a professional company.

“We will also be very professional about our school work and we will be catching up on any work we miss.”

Bethan, 14, who has been taking lessons at Dansworks for a year, was successful in gaining a place as a dancer in the chorus for A Christmas Carol at the Stockport Plaza which has a four-night run in November.

She said: “I like performing and seeing the audience reaction.”

Principal of Dansworks Dance Academy Karen Roe said: “I am very proud of how well they did in the auditions and I am sure it will be a fantastic learning experience for them to perform on stage in the professional pantomimes.”