Teenager Roseanna Sanderson has danced her way into her first lead role with Chesterfield Operatic Society.
“I am very excited but also nervous,” she said about her centre-stage debut playing newcomer Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street.
The dancing comes as second nature to Roseanna who started lessons when she was just three years old. Now she is teaching classes at her mum Diane Bradbury’s School of Theatre Dance as well as musical theatre at Chesterfield Studios.
Skilled at dancing she may be, but the society’s upcoming show 42nd Street - which opens at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, on Tuesday next week - is presenting her with a challenge. Roseanna said: “It is such a dance-heavy show that the hardest part for me is the singing because you are so tired.”
Roseanna, who lives in Brimington and trained at the acclaimed Phil Winston’s Theatreworks college, has performed in Carousel, Oklahoma and Half A Sixpence with Chesterfield Operatic Society.
Her opposite number in the show, Andy Moore, is spending six hours a week dancing to get himself match-fit. “It is very good exercise athough my calves have been aching because of the tap-dancing. And I have found muscles around my ribs that I didn’t know I had because of the ballet lifts I have been doing,” he said.
Andy (31), who plays juvenile lead Billy Lawler, says: “I love the dance numbers in the show and watching the girls dancing is absolutely brilliant.”
His eldest daughter Elissa (7) is following in dad’s footstep as a budding ballet and tap dancer while the youngest, Lucia (3), has inherited his talent for singing.
n 42nd Street runs at the Pomegranate from April 5 to 9; to book, call (01246) 345222 or www.chesterfieldvenues.co.uk