Two talented youngsters from the same family of schools are set to light up the big stage after landing roles in a production of Nativity the Musical. Nine-year-old Emmy Hill and Isla Hood, aged 11, will grace the stage at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre this week in a show that’s bound to put audiences in a festive mood. Isla, a Year 6 pupil at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Shotton Colliery, has a starring role in the musical alongside Emmy, a Year 5 pupil at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, South Shields.

It will be a very special moment as it is my first theatre debut. I am so excited,” said Isla.

Nativity the Musical, presented by Starlight Theatre Productions, is a fun-filled family favourite bringing hilarity and a good dose of Christmas cheer as it tells the story of primary school pupils, their teacher and their off-the-wall teaching assistant Mr Poppy as they try to find a way to make everyone’s Christmas wishes come true, and bring Hollywood to their nativity play. The show features all the sing-along favourites from the film as well as a host of new songs.

Emmy said: “I’m so excited that I get to perform on such a big stage. Normally I watch my friends, but this time they’re watching me!

Staff from both schools, which are part of the Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, said everyone is incredibly proud of Emmy and Isla’s achievements and that they can’t wait to see the show.

Isla’s headteacher Lisa Ashton said: “Isla is very talented and we are delighted to hear of her success. She has certainly let her light shine and we look forward to seeing her perform.

Of Emmy, headteacher Carol Devine added: “Emmy is a star performer and extremely talented. I am very much looking forward to seeing her in action on the stage. We are all very proud of her achievements and I am sure she is destined for future stardom.

Emmy also has roles coming up in Jack and the Beanstalk and in Beauty and the Beast the musical, while Isla will appear in Les Miserables in Hartlepool next year.

Nativity the Musical ran from Tuesday 14 November until Saturday 18 November.

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