WHEN the young stars of Stafford Gatehouse Summer School take to the stage for their opening performance next week some nerves will be jangling for two reasons.
Not only will they be facing their public for the first time in Doctor Dolittl, the classic tale of a man who can talk to the animals, but the next day some of the older members of the cast will be getting their A level results.
Among them is Annie Davies who is playing the female lead role of Emma, the love interest for Dr Dolittle and Matthew.
“They’re both in love with her – it’s a bit of a rom com set in the 1800,” said 18-year-old Annie.
“Sam (Dr Dolittle) and I have a love hate relationship. She’s a bit of a feminist, a very strong character. In the 1800s it was very male dominated but she holds her ground.”
The teenager, who has just left Walton High School, has been a member of the youth theatre for nine years, performing in shows including Summer Holiday, Whistle Down the Wind, Peter Pan and Just So, in which she had the audience in hysterics playing the Zebra.
With a conditional offer to study physics at Manchester University she needs two A* and an A in her maths, physics and psychology exams.
“We find out our results on the second show day,” she said.
“I’m hoping to join some performing arts societies at the university and because the BBC is based in Salford I was hoping to get some auditions in when I can but I need to go for the safer option and I’m quite academic.”
Doctor Dolittle opens for four nights on Wednesday (13) with daily performances at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinees on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For ticket information visit www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01785 254653.