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Wildcat Student Annabel wins place at top Theatre School

11 year old Annabel Otterburn from Manthorpe has just secured a place at the prestigious Red Roofs theatre school in Maidenhead.   The school which takes children from Year 7 onwards trained Eastender's star Lucy Benjamin, Jessica Fox from Hollyoaks as well as film star Kate Winslet.

11 year old Annabel Otterburn from Manthorpe has just secured a place at the prestigious Red Roofs theatre school in Maidenhead.   The school which takes children from Year 7 onwards trained Eastender's star Lucy Benjamin, Jessica Fox from Hollyoaks as well as film star Kate Winslet.

Annabel, a member of Wildcats Theatre School has been developing her skills and technique in musical theatre over the past 4 years by attending weekly musical theatre classes and taking LAMDA examinations.  She further gained experience through performing twice on a West End stage as part of West End Wildcats – singing challenging vocal numbers to an audience of over 1000 people.

Annabel hasn’t always wanted to be a performer.  When she first arrived at Wildcats she was a quiet member of the group – although she was always joining in and taking part in everything on offer to the best of her abilities.  As the years have past she has grown tremendously in confidence, both in her technical ability as a performer but also in herself and what she can achieve.   She has performed at a number of local events over the years including both Stamford Christmas Festival and Stamford Parade of Floats.  She also sung at the Stamford Christmas Lights switch on 2011 in Red Lion Square.  She performed twice in 2011 in London’s West End and is due to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in April this year.  

Anna’s success is down to her talent, commitment, determination and passion for Musical Theatre.  She has proven that with the right training, support and attitude local children can aim high and achieve great things in the performing arts world.  She has always attended classes smiling, making the most of every single opportunity given to her.

Caz Dolby, Founder and Director of Wildcats said 'We are incredibly proud of Annabel.  She is a role model to other students within Wildcats and someone that children look up to.  Her talents have been acknowledged and she now looks forward to an amazing career in the performing arts industry.  Annabel was one of the first children to join Wildcats as a Mini student back in 2008 - to see what she has achieved helps us know that our methods of teaching really work."

Kelly Ann Soper, Wildcats Co-Director and Anna's vocal teacher said ' Annabel is an extremely hardworking and determined young lady. I have been teaching Annabel for the past 2 years at Wildcats classes and for private singing lessons, and her pure passion and ability amazes me. Vocally Annabel has excelled beyond any expectations and constantly strives to improve, taking on all critique and using it to her advantage. Annabel's acting and dancing skills have also improved due to her hard work and perseverance.   Annabel is a part of our West End Wildcats troupe, and has played a huge part in the team's success. She took on the demanding role of 'Elphaba' in our 'Wicked' medley, singing 'Defying Gravity'. This would be a huge ask for anyone, let alone a 11 year old on a West End Stage (Her Majesty's Theatre), and she more than rose to the challenge. The troupe secured the winning position in this competition.  Annabel is a fantastic team player, with a beautiful, bubbly personality who is always a pleasure to teach. "

Anna has also applied to a number of other leading theatre schools including Sylvia Young and is awaiting results of her auditions before she makes a final decision on her future.  We wish her the best of luck and every success in her career!