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Talented Gidea Park 10-year-old to feature in new West End musical A little Princess

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:10 21 June 2018

Tahlia Sinclair is taking part in ' A Little Princess ' in the West End

Tahlia Sinclair is taking part in ' A Little Princess ' in the West End

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An enthusiastic Gidea Park pupil with dreams of stardom is starting her career early with a part in a new West End musical.

Tahlia Sinclair at her school, Gidea Park College. She is taking part in ' A Little Princess ' in the West End. Photo: Ken Mears.Tahlia Sinclair at her school, Gidea Park College. She is taking part in ' A Little Princess ' in the West End. Photo: Ken Mears.

Tahlia Sinclair, 10, was chosen from thousands of applicants across the UK for a part in the new musical adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, A Little Princess.

After demonstrating a strong talent for the performing arts, Tahlia’s parents enrolled her on a musical theatre course with the prestigious National Youth Music Theatre.

Dad, Adrian Sinclair said: “Over the last year Tahlia has taken an avid interest in performing arts and has always sung and danced around the house with her sister.

“It was after attending the West End production of Aladdin and meeting some of its cast members that Tahlia informed us that she aspired to become a performer and lead us into looking at opportunities for her to explore this further.”

Out of the thousands of auditions, 150 people were cast for four productions, one of which was A Little Princess.

Tahlia told the Recorder: “I went to a taster session to see what it would be like, and I really enjoyed it. It was great being surrounded by everyone who had the same interests as me.

“I wasn’t scared because I knew that if I didn’t make it, I could keep trying again.”

Tahlia was delighted to receive the good news that she had been selected.

“When I found out it was really funny. We were in a restaurant and my dad said ‘I’m really sorry Tahlia... but you got in’.

“I think my mum was happier than I was because she started crying.

“It was a really funny moment and I will probably remember it for years to come.”

Tahlia is playing two characters, Dora, a pupil and Deepa, an Indian dancer.

The Gidea Park College pupil plucked up the courage to ask the director if she could bring her own interpretation of the characters to the roles.

“I’m one of the youngest people there, and it’s very weird having friends who are all older in their 20s,” Tahlia added.

“It’s really fun because you get to experience something different and make new friends.”

A Little Princess will be playing at The Other Palace theatre in Westminster from August 9 - 11.

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