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'A dream come true': Festive joy for talented teenager

PUBLISHED: 08:22 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:22 03 December 2019

Jamie Coleman, as Tommy the Cat. Picture: Alan Lyall

Jamie Coleman, as Tommy the Cat. Picture: Alan Lyall

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Dreams are set to become reality for a talented teenage performer.

Jamie Coleman, who will play Tommy the Cat in the panto Dick Whittington at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan LyallJamie Coleman, who will play Tommy the Cat in the panto Dick Whittington at Beccles Public Hall. Picture: Alan Lyall

Jamie Coleman has been dancing since she was three and has been part of SparkLive Pantomimes ensemble cast since 2015.

But this festive season her Christmas wish has come true - as the 18-year-old girl will be part of the main cast for the Beccles pantomime for the first time.

Jamie, from Oulton Broad, will fulfil her theatre wish as the curtain rises on December 20 at Beccles Public Hall for the 14-performance run of Dick Whittington.

The teenager, who is playing Tommy the Cat, took part in her first dancing show aged 11, and she has gone on to perform for various theatrical companies.

Later this month she will take centre stage as she joins the main cast and takes on a lead role in a professional pantomime for the first time.

She said: "When I was at high school I began auditioning for the B&B Theatre Company in Lowestoft and I got parts in various shows like Singin' In The Rain and Les Miserables.

"Ryan Holt, the producer of the Beccles pantomime, used to be involved with B&B and through him I heard about the opportunity for the ensemble roles.

"I really enjoyed being part of the ensemble, but what I always really wanted was to be in the main line-up.

"It's a bit of a dream come true as I used to watch some of the other leading cast members and wish that it was me."

Jamie's family will be watching her perform, as well as all her friends from Woods Loke Primary School in Lowestoft, where she works.

She said: "It's going to be so different this year because in the past its all been on a part time basis as the ensemble take turns to perform.

"This is perfect though because I get to be with my theatre family over Christmas.

"I'm really nervous, but I'm also extremely excited because Beccles is such an amazing show.

"Tommy the Cat is going to be Dick Whittington's sidekick, he will do anything for him, so I think I will need to perfect my facial expressions and I might also have to fend off Queen Rat!"

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