Belmont Grosvenor School pupils win part in 'Annie'
Belmont Grosvenor School friends Iris Johnson and Bea Palmer are inseparable in class – now they are taking to the stage together later this month in a musical at Harrogate Theatre.
The two Year 4 pupils at the ‘outstanding’ co-educational prep school have been picked to play orphans in Harrogate Operatic Player’s (HOPS) production of ‘Annie’ which opens in the town on June 8.
For Iris, 9, it is the first time she has taken part in a major production – and she’s following in the footsteps of her elder sister Ruby who also had a role in ‘Annie’ in York a number of years ago.
“Singing and acting is just a hobby for me but I really enjoy it. I do both at school and am having lots of fun,” said Iris, who plays the role of Molly, the youngest orphan in the orphanage, and gets to sing a solo in the show!
Her good friend Bea, also 9, takes the role of orphan Kate – and the would-be actress also gets the opportunity to put a mouse down Miss Hannigan’s dress!
“I am making loads of new friends and am really enjoying all the rehearsing – I can’t wait for the show,” said Bea.
Both girls attend Belmont Grosvenor School’s Curtain Call drama club and enjoy Extra Drama and singing lessons at the Harrogate school, which is based in Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith.
The girls are the latest pupils from the independent prep school to win places in both amateur and professional productions.
Year 5 pupil Sofia Snowball takes to the stage in York later this month in ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other students have appeared in the touring West End musical Oliver starring Neil Morrissey and Opera North productions.
Jane Merriman, Headteacher at the co-educational prep school, said she was very proud of Iris and Bea – and wished them every success in the show.
“We have a proud tradition of drama, singing and music at Belmont Grosvenor – I know the girls will put the skills they have learned at school into practice and will be great additions to the Harrogate Operatic Players’ team,” she said.
Belmont Grosvenor School, along with its Magic Tree Nursery, cares for children from three months to 11 years. For more information, or to arrange a tour, visit the website at www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk or call 01423 771029