Lead role for Bronté

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A STAGE star who en­joyed suc­cess on a TV show with mu­si­cal theatre roy­alty An­drew Lloyd Web­ber is per­form­ing a lead role in a pro­duc­tion of Shrek.

Bronté Barbe, at­tended Fal­li­b­roome High School and be­gan her act­ing ca­reer with Scamps Youth Theatre in Wilm­slow.

While she was in her se­cond year of A Lev­els at Fal­li­b­roome, aged 18, she ap­peared on BBC re­al­ity TV show Over the Rain­bow, where An­drew Lloyd Web­ber searched for a ‘Dorothy’ for The Wizard of Oz - mak­ing it to the fi­nal 10.

It was from this that she made con­tacts to se­cure a role in Shrek the Mu­si­cal.

Bronté be­gan in Shrek at the start of the UK and Ire­land tour in Au­gust 2014 play­ing the role of Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood and was pro­moted to the lead role of Princess Fiona in June 2015. She is now per­form­ing the last run at The Lowry in Manch­ester.

Bronté, whose mum and sis­ter live in Tyther­ing­ton, said: “I didn’t man­age to come home very much in the first year of Shrek The Mu­si­cal Tour, but I’m look­ing for­ward to stay­ing at home when I’m at The Lowry.”

Af­ter the TV show, Bronté won a dance and drama schol­ar­ship to train at Lon­don’s Mountview Col­lege and An­drew Lloyd Web­ber gave her fund­ing to cover her col­lege ex­penses.

She went on to play ‘Penny Pin­gle­ton’, Tracy Turn­blad’s best friend, in the mu­si­cal ‘Hair­spray’ and toured to Sin­ga­pore and Kuala Lumpar with the show.

Shrek The Mu­si­cal runs un­til Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

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