A teenager is preparing to take the stage with prestigious music theatre troupe in London.
Deborah Nicastro, 14, will tread the boards at the Motor Show in Regent Street with the West End Kids (WEK) on Saturday (October 31).
WEK is an elite theatre song and dance company based in central London which specialises in teaching musical theatre to young, talented performers.
She said:“I really love this, it’s my first time performing in the West End Kids.
“I’m a bit nervous but it’s really exciting.”
Deborah, from Tilgate, first auditioned for a three-week WEK’s training group last year.
However her mother, Josie, said she was asked to apply for the troupe in August because of her talent.
The teenager, who was also casting of the Christmas pantomime at the Hawth, said she was ‘amazed’ when she got accepted as a permanent WEK member.
“I had to think of the long terms of the other course, I’m happy about that,” Deborah added.
Deborah, go goes to the Holy Trinity School, has been balancing school work, dancing classes and nine-to-five Sunday rehearsals in London.
She said: “I feel a bit spaced out, it’s so fast the way we learn the dance routines, I have so much to think about.
“My body aches when I go to school on a Monday morning.”
Deborah started dancing when she was three years old at Crawley’s Louise Ryrie School of Dance.
She was inspired to join WEK after watching one of the company’s YouTube videos.
She said: “I wanted to be there with them.”
Founder and artistic music director of WEK, Martin Williams, said: “We are delighted to welcome Deborah to the West End Kids,
“She is a talented young performer and we are confident she will be an asset to our troupe.”
Deborah will also perform at other events this winter with the group to thousands of people this winter, including A West End Christmas (December 6), and CLIC Sargent Major Christmas Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall (December 9).
The programme provides “on the job” training, with intensive weekend rehearsals and busy performance schedules.
Visit www.westendkids.co.uk for more information. .