Lead role for Bronté
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.