Shaunagh whistles at the theatre

A theatre company have high hopes for one of their young performers as the teenager prepares to take a key role.

Fifteen-year-old Shaunagh Kelly is preparing to take to the stage at Blyth’s Phoenix Theatre to star as Swallow in Whistle Down The Wind.

Swallow is the central character in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on a 1961 movie starring Hayley Mills.

The production of Whistle Down the Wind will open on Tuesday, June 18, at the Phoenix Theatre Blyth.

Shaunagh, who achieved the highest mark in the region at the Guildhall School of Music exam for singing Whistle down the Wind, said: “Swallow evolves from desperate to resourceful.

“At first she’s looking for a miracle, by the end she’s running all over town organising a whole support system for The Man.

“In the beginning I’m docile and compliant with my father, but by the end I’m screaming at him, really asserting myself.

“It’s a great role to be able to play.”

The stage musical version takes place in rural Louisiana, 1959 and focuses on the tensions within the small community pitting the adult prejudice of rural 1950s Louisiana against the hope of their youth for something better.

Whistle premiered and quickly folded in Washington, D.C., in 1996 but two years later, a reworked version had a successful London run.

Whistle Down The Wind will be at the Phoenix Theatre Blyth, from Tuesday, June 18, to Saturday, June 27.

Tickets are available online at www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk or by calling the box office on (01670) 367228.