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Dream role for musical Freya

Queen's School pupil performs in touring production of Evita

Freya Watson in rehearsals

A young girl from Gresford has performed alongside pop-turned-musical-theatre star Marti Pellow to audiences of thousands in a West End touring production.

It may seem like the stuff of dreams but for Freya Watson, 7, from Gresford, it became a reality when she was selected to perform in the touring production of the London West End production of Evita.

Freya, who attends The Queen’s Lower School in Chester, was picked for the role of the unnamed child that sings the emotional, poignant and challenging Gentle Eva solo.

Freya has attended Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Chester since she was 4 and was picked for this role by the principal.

Her first performance was in Manchester at the Lowry theatre where she acted, sang and danced alongside Marti and performed her solo faultlessly to nearly 2000 people a night for a total of eight nights.

Following her debut, Freya was then invited to join the same production company to perform at the Regent Theatre in Stoke.

The family had the small matter of a holiday to cancel (much to her 4-year-old brother Jacob’s disgust!) but Freya again rose to the challenge and enjoyed every minute of her four-night run.

Freya said: “I love performing on stage at school, with Stagecoach and with a big audience like this, although I was a little nervous beforehand. My favourite thing was being asked for my autograph by members of the public at the stage door, who couldn’t believe I was only seven years old. That felt really good!”

Her form teacher at Queen’s, Rhiannon Morgan, added: “Freya is a wonderful, talented girl who shines when she is on a stage. We are all very proud of her.”

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