Warwick dancer first to claim prestigious lead role
WARWICK dancer Faith Kelly will be the first Warwick girl to star in a Toowoomba Ballet Theatre production after scoring a fairytale role.
Like every young girl, Faith dreamed of being Cinderella, and that dream is set to become a reality.
After auditioning for the role in the Toowoomba Ballet Theatre, Faith found out she will be wearing the glass slippers.
"I'm very excited because it's the first time I've been cast as a lead role," she said.
Faith was urged to audition by one of the selectors at the Goondiwindi Apex Eisteddfod in August, who suggested she try out for Cinderella, which will be staged at the Empire Theatre on April 6-7.
No stranger to the stage, Faith has been dancing since she was three years old and currently takes ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap classes at The Dance Centre - Warwick.
TDC principal Leah Doherty said she was extremely proud of Faith's achievements in the world of dance.
"I think she's perfect for managing the role... she's a very mature and thoughtful young dancer," Ms Doherty said.
The production will be a big commitment for the enthusiastic 14-year-old but, after 11 years of dancing lessons, Faith has proved she is up for the challenge.
She will have to travel to Toowoomba for rehearsals every Sunday, while studying Year 10 at Assumption College, as well as undertaking dance classes.
Rehearsals won't start until January but Faith has already had a chance to try on the iconic blue dress at a promotional photo shoot last week.
The production will be a wonderful bonding opportunity for young dancers from around the Darling Downs.
"I'm not used to dancing with lots of people I don't know, so it will be really interesting and fun," Faith said.
Warwick dancer Chloe Wainwright also scored a solo role as the Autumn Fairy.