A quartet of stage-struck young performers danced their way to victory in Mansfield Rotary Club’s Junior Showtime Competition.
Evie Midgley, 9, and Holly Jewitt Maurice, Leila Hall and Jessica Driver, all aged 11, formed a friendship while appearing in Nottingham Operatic Society’s production of ‘Annie’ at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and decided to team up to perform the number ‘Fully Dressed’, the orphans song from the classic musical.
Making the grand final of the Rotary competition is a real feather in their caps and the experience will stand them in good stead.Mary Jewitt, dance teacher
Evie, from Ilkeston, Holly,who lives in Selston, Leila, from Keyworth, and Jessica, of Bramcote, won the Junior Showtime heats at Mansfield Library Theatre against stiff opposition.
And the girls, who are all members of Stagecoach in Beeston, again impressed in the grand final at the Palace Theatre. In the face of competition from more than 30 other acts, the girls, who have ambitions to go on to make their names in amateur theatre, showed confidence,maturity and great stage presence during their performance.
The Nuthall-based youngsters made a big impression with their act and were announced as the winners of the Under-11 Junior Section category.
Veteran dance teacher Mary Jewitt, who runs her classes at St Patrick’s Church Hall in Nuthall, and whose granddaughter Holly is one of the rising stars, said: “The girls have risen to the challenge and at relatively short notice have put together a routine that has really impressed everyone.
“Making the grand final of the Rotary competition, which has been running for a long time, is a real feather in their caps and the experience will stand them in good stead.”
The girls said: “We went out there and gave it our all. To win is a great achievement.”