Dream show beckoning for 11-year-old stage star

PUBLISHED: 13:02 26 October 2011

Courtnei and Nina young stars of the show Dreamland Adenture, saville Crescent, Weston.

Courtnei and Nina young stars of the show Dreamland Adenture, saville Crescent, Weston.

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TWO schoolgirls will be taking part in a celebrated London show which is heading to Weston.

Friends Courtnei Danks, aged 11, of Saville Crescent, Weston, and Nina Halper, aged 11, of School Road, Wrington, met and became friends through the drama group the Big Act. The two have now been asked to take to a bigger stage, and will appear in Dreamland Adventure when it comes to Weston in December.

Courtnei, who attends Worle Community School, said: “I know when I get started I won’t feel nervous. I love acting on stage because it’s a place where all your ideas can come out and it’s a way I can have fun with different people.”

Nina, who attends Churchill Community School, said: “I did not think I would ever be in a professional show and I’m so excited. It’s hard to put into words how I feel on stage. It’s a happy but nervous feeling.”

The show, which will see the girls playing the part of a toddler who helps an elf get back to the North Pole, will be staged at The Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street from December 20-23.

The girls are no strangers to the world of theatre, as Courtnei is enrolled in The Dance Company, based in Shepherds Way, St Georges, and the Pauline Quirke Academy, while Nina takes part in Wrington Youth Drama productions and has also performed at the Bristol Hippodrome in her school’s production of Oliver!

Now they will take it in turns to play their biggest on-stage role.

Courtnei’s mum, Julie Danks, aged 43, said: “I’m really proud of her because she is so dedicated. I know a lot of parents say that, but when Courtnei sets her mind to something, she does it.”

Nina’s mum, Lisa Halper, added: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Nina and it’s a culmination of her hard work. She has a natural urge to perform in the theatre and when she found out she had this part she was on cloud nine.”

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