Drama sisters are rising stage stars
TWO sisters are lighting up the stage by winning a string of drama awards.
Ruby and Zara Stout have picked up a series of top awards between them at competitions.
Ruby, nine, has only been competing in speech and drama festivals for the last two years and has won a first prize award at every contest.
Her sister, Zara, six, has also won top awards, beginning drama lessons at only four years of age.
Ruby and Zara, of Minor Avenue, Sutton, are students at Hollinhey School, Sutton, and are the great nieces of Gillian Twigg, whose drama school they attend at Teggsnose Farm.
Gillian said she is proud of her nieces who deserve recognition for their hard work.
She said: “The girls have worked so hard, gaining in confidence as they have become more successful.
“They have scooped lots of top awards between them after only a short time competing.”
Over the last few months they have competed at drama festivals in Colne, Hazel Grove, Heaton Mersey and Buxton.
At Buxton, Ruby won all four of her classes and appeared at the winner’s concert in Buxton Methodist Church, where she was presented with a huge trophy.
She performed her poem ‘The Painting Lesson’ by Trevor Harvey at the concert.
This came after winning a very competitive class at the festival, held a few weeks earlier.
At the festival, she also won a drama class, performing ‘The Whispering Grass’ by Margaret Gibbs.
Another first prize was awarded to Ruby for her reading from Enid Blyton’s book, ‘The Enchanted Wood’.
The sisters gave a double act to win a further prize.
Gillian said: “Ruby and her younger sister Zara joined forces for yet another first prize in a much older age group, which was 11 years and under.
“They wowed the audience with their duo acting performance of ‘Please Mrs Butler’ by Alan Ahlberg. The sisters are now having a summer break, and will be working towards their next competition.”
The next competition the girls will take part in is the Shropshire Festival in October.
●● Zara (left) and Ruby Stout are students at Hollinhey School, Sutton, and are the great nieces of Gillian Twigg, whose drama school they attend at Teggsnose Farm
●● Dozens of visitors enjoyed last year’s Sutton Flower and Vegetable Show