Youth shines for show


TWO teenagers taking the lead roles in the hit musical Oklahoma in Blyth are thought to be the youngest ever to play the parts.

Lyndsey Spark, 19, from Whitley Bay, has the role of Laurie in the Beaconsfield Amateur Operatic Society production, while Jacob Robson, 18, from Gosforth, takes on the part of Curly.

Society chairperson Brenda Fawcett said: “I, and many of my colleagues, have not heard of these main parts being taken by anyone so young.

“While Lyndsey and Jacob may appear youthful for the parts, which are normally taken by more mature performers, they proved at the auditions that they deserved to be given the roles.

“And I must say they are certainly justifying those decisions with their enthusiasm and ability.”

Lyndsey has played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz for the Blyth Operatic Society as well as a role in Fiddler on the Roof.

Jacob has more experience, having appeared in several shows in Blyth including one of the supporting roles in Kiss Me Kate, and recently took part in the Edinburgh Festival.

Oklahoma is on for six nights at the Phoenix Theatre from October 17 to 22. Tickets from £8.50 can be obtained from the box office on (01670) 367228 or at