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Young actor Emily plays lead in West End show The Secret Garden


A TALENTED 10-year-old has just finished a lead role in a West End musical.

Emily Highams, who lives in Woodley, spent the summer performing in The Secret Garden, sharing the role with seven other children due to its demanding nature.

She played Mary Lennox, a young girl who discovers an amazing secret at the bottom of her garden.

The role is “extremely taxing” said Shelley Fitzgibbon, the principal of Steppin Out Stars of Tomorrow, where Emily attends weekly classes.

Mrs Fitzgibbon went to watch Emily perform at The Ambassadors theatre in Leicester Square, taking with her some Steppin Out friends.

She said: “I was so impressed with not only Emily’s performance on stage but her strength and positive attitude off stage.”

And Emily was delighted with the part.

She said: “I loved every second.”

Emily is not the only Steppin Out star on the West End: her classmates have also had roles in shows such as Billy Elliot, Matilda, Les Miserables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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