Shan­non’s dream job in chil­dren’s telly ho­tel

Ormskirk Advertiser - - News - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ @chantelle­heeds

AN EDGE HILL grad­u­ate has se­cured her dream job – which in­volves, feed­ing sharks, sniff­ing di­nosaur poo and work­ing along­side Post­man Pat. Shan­non Stroud, who stud­ied per­for­mance at Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity, se­cured her dream job work­ing at the CBee­bies Land Ho­tel in Stafford­shire, where she now re­sides. She be­gan her po­si­tion at the ho­tel on July 7, when it opened to the pub­lic for the very first time. Some of her daily du­ties in­clude danc­ing with gi­ant uni­corns, play­ing games with sharks, and res­cu­ing pel­i­cans. Shan­non, 21, grew up watch­ing, and al­ways dreamed of be­ing on, chil­dren’s TV. In or­der to se­cure the job, she beat tough com­pe­ti­tion from all over the coun­try to be one of a small group of per­form­ers who de­liver the en­ter­tain­ment at Bri­tain’s new­est ho­tel, de­signed ex­clu­sively for kids. The CBee­bies Land Ho­tel is a 76-roomed themed ho­tel, which of­fers 14 hours of daily live en­ter­tain­ment.

She plays up to eight dif­fer­ent roles/char­ac­ters ev­ery day and has mas­tered more than 150 pages of script for the job.

Shan­non said: “It’s chal­leng­ing be­cause the chil­dren com­ing to watch know CBee­bies in­side out and the char­ac­ters are al­most like best friends. Some kids could be like ‘but that char­ac­ter wouldn’t do that’.

“The ho­tel looks amaz­ing – it’s like step­ping into the CBee­bies world.”

Shan­non pre­vi­ously worked a sea­son at in CBee­bies Land, which is in­side Al­ton Tow­ers theme park.

She added: “I worked in the en­ter­tain­ment team at CBee­bies Land be­fore au­di­tion­ing for the ho­tel in Jan­uary.

“I al­ways thought I’d just be a dancer, but work­ing at Al­ton Tow­ers Re­sort has been re­ally ex­cit­ing, es­pe­cially this year as I get to work with char­ac­ters I re­mem­ber from when I was lit­tle, like Post­man Pat.”

Shan­non has cred­ited land­ing her dream role to the skills she learned at uni­ver­sity, and while liv­ing in Mersey­side.

Shan­non Shroud, above, who stud­ied at Edge Hill uni­ver­sity, has se­cured her dream job work­ing at the CBee­bies Land Ho­tel in Stafford­shire

Shan­non with TV star Justin Fletcher – Mr Tum­ble – at the open­ing of the CBee­bies Land Ho­tel at Al­ton Tow­ers, right

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