Three up-and-coming ballet dancers from Solihull are starring in a lavish adaptation of Sleeping Beauty next month.
Ellie Scott-Preston, aged nine Grace Arkell, 14 and Annalise Pugh, 15, had their dreams come true after they were selected from over 250 young hopefuls at the auditions in June.
The youngsters will dance alongside the English Youth Ballet’s (EYB) stunning international principal artists in the professional production at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton from September 19-20.
Australian principal ballerina, Amy Drew said: “The young dancers are doing so well.
“I feel very privileged to be a principal with the EYB as I get to work with some of the UK’s most talented young dancers.
“I find them incredibly inspiring.”
Ellie, a fellow Spotlight member and pupil at Marston Green Junior School, plays an Honesty Dancer/ Cryonite Fairy.
Mum Kerrie said she was “very, very proud” of her daughter, who is also a junior associate with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
“I can’t wait to see her perform, added Kerrie, from Marston Green.
“This is the biggest theatre show she has been in. Hopefully it might lead to bigger things but it’s all great experience.
“Dancing is something she has always enjoyed and she’s good at.
“She has the perfect physique for ballet; she’s got a lovely long neck, long legs, she’s skinny.
“They take them on and mold them with long-term training.
“She may possibly go into it professionally but it’s really hard. It’s me that gets nervous when she’s onstage, it doesn’t seem to bother her.
“We’re all really proud of her.”
Ellie will be joined by Grace, a pupil at CTC Kingshurst Academy and Spotlight Stage School, who plays Aurora’s Friend, and Alderbrook schoolgirl Annalise who plays a guest.
The young cast are currently engaged with the EYB’s principal dancers in rehearsals at Coppice Performing Arts School in a 10-day intensive rehearsal process.