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PUBLISHED: 22:12 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 06 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT schoolgirl is getting the chance to star in a sumptuous production of a favourite fairy-tale.

Eleven-year-old Beth Freeman, a pupil at Lothingland Middle School, will join members of the English Youth Ballet and around 100 other young people on stage in Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal on July 2 and 3.

A LOWESTOFT schoolgirl is getting the chance to star in a sumptuous production of a favourite fairy-tale.

Eleven-year-old Beth Freeman, a pupil at Lothingland Middle School, will join members of the English Youth Ballet and around 100 other young people on stage in Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal on July 2 and 3.

Beth, who trains with First Steps School of Dance, was selected during a series of auditions at Norwich's Open Academy where she was put through her paces by members of the ballet company.

In the coming weeks, she will rehearse alongside the company before taking to the stage in early summer for the final performances.

The glittering new production aims to highlight the power of good over evil and features international principal dancers Julianne Rice-Oxley, Emma Lister, Oliver Speers, Lorien Slaughter and Steven Wheeler.

John Bultitude, of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “To be part of a professional production working alongside some top-class dancers is a fantastic opportunity. English Youth Ballet work hard to give young people outside London the chance to perform within a professional setting and we are delighted to welcome them back.”

English Youth Ballet puts on full-scale ballet productions in seven UK locations every year.

It has also won the Stage Award for Special Achievement in Regional Theatre, and the EYB's director Janet Lewis was awarded the OBE in the 2008 New Year's Honours for her work with dance.

Sleeping Beauty is on at Norwich Theatre Royal on Friday July 2 and Saturday July 3 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £5 to £19, with discounts for over-60s, under-18s and groups.

Contact the box office on 01603 630000. For more info or to book online, log on to: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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