Annabel Otterburn gets closer to her West End dreams

Annable Otterburn is a step closer her West End dream
Annable Otterburn is a step closer her West End dream
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A SCHOOLGIRL is one step closer to pursuing her dream career as a West End star.

Annabel Otterburn, of Manthorpe, has secured a place at the Red Roofs Theatre School in Maidenhead which trained film star Kate Winslet and soap actors Lucy Benjamin and Jessica Fox.

The 11-year-old was encouraged to audition by her teachers at the Wildcats Theatre School which she has attended for the last four years.

The tutors have watched Annabel blossom from a shy seven-year-old to a confident and talented performer who helped the troupe win a national competition at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.

Her proud mum Lisa said: “Wildcats is wonderful. The children all look out for each other and want each other to succeed. It’s a lovely group and the teachers have really nurtured Annabel’s voice.”

Uffington Primary School pupil Annabel also applied to two other London stage schools and is waiting to hear from them before making a final decision about her future.

Mrs Otterburn said: “Annabel was delighted to be offered a place at Red Roofs because it is her favourite of the three schools she has auditioned at.

“I would rather there was a local stage school Annabel could go to but there just aren’t any around here and I don’t want to hold her back. It’s a difficult decision for a parent to make but this is something she is really passionate about and we are really proud of her.”

If Annabel accepts a place at stage school, she and her dad Richard will have to find somewhere to live in London during the week, leaving Lisa at home with her other children Jack, 12, and four-year-old Martha.

Wildcats director Caz Dolby said: “We are incredibly proud of Annabel and she is a role model to other Wildcats students.

“Her talents have been acknowledged and she now looks forward to an amazing career in the performing arts industry.”

Vocal teacher Kelly Ann Soper added: “Annabel is an extremely hard working and determined young lady whose pure passion and ability amazes me.

“Annabel is a fantastic team player with a beautiful, bubbly personality who is always a pleasure to teach.”

{Click here to watch Annabel singing|}