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Name: El­lie Rose God­dard

Home­town: Bury

Job: A Level stu­dent

Which theatre com­pany are you in­volved with?: BAODS

Are you tak­ing part in any pro­duc­tions at the mo­ment?: The Wizard of Oz

Who is your char­ac­ter in the pro­duc­tion?: Dorothy Gale

How long have you been with Bacup Royal Court Theatre?: Since May

What do you like/dis­like about the char­ac­ter you are cur­rently play­ing?: I ad­mire her courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to get back home no mat­ter who or what she comes across. I like how eas­ily she makes friends and how kind she is to peo­ple. The Wizard of Oz was one of the first big movies to have an in­de­pen­dent fe­male lead and I like how strong and coura­geous her char­ac­ter is. Some­times she can be quite an­noy­ing with her whiny voice and cry­ing but then again she is a young girl who has been torn away from her home.

What do you most en­joy about do­ing this?: I re­ally en­joy do­ing dances and work­ing with the cool props and set. I love the re­hearsals and be­com­ing dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters, es­pe­cially with this char­ac­ter be­cause I can be dra­matic. BAODS made me feel re­ally wel­come and I am en­joy­ing work­ing with the pro­fes­sional cast, di­rec­tors and back­stage team

Have you been in any other pro­duc­tions?: I took part in three dif­fer­ent Christ­mas pro­duc­tions with Proper Job Theatre Com­pany at the Met in Bury. I took part in school pro­duc­tions with pieces that we de­vised for GCSE’s. I played the part of Fanny Hawthorn in the play Hin­dle Wakes with Tot­ting­ton Ama­teur Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Last March I played Dorothy in the RSC Wizard of Oz at my college Canon Slade Sixth Form in Bolton. I reg­u­larly per­form in a va­ri­ety of con­certs such as the Mayor of Rochdale’s char­ity ball and in­vesti­ture, wed­dings, char­ity fundrais­ers and last year I sang the trib­ute to Lee Rigby at a char­ity con­cert at Mid­dle­ton Arena along­side West End star Philippa Healey!

Who is your favourite ac­tor and why?: Tom Hanks. I think he is ex­tremely con­vinc­ing in ev­ery­thing I’ve seen him in. He’s ver­sa­tile and con­veys emo­tions re­ally well.

If you could play any part what would it be and why?: It would be in­cred­i­ble if I could play Chris­tine from Phan­tom of the Opera. I love this mu­si­cal and the songs, I def­i­nitely need to keep im­prov­ing my range for this part. I also love the part of Épo­nine in Les Misérables.

Are you in­volved in any other projects at the mo­ment?: I’ve just fin­ished my di­rec­tor’s project at college where I di­rected a group of 12 high school pupils from age 11-15. They per­formed my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of ‘Ash­put­tel’ by the Broth­ers Grimm. I also com­pleted a mu­si­cal theatre sum­mer school at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

Any mem­o­rable/funny mo­ments or high­lights from this?: In my pre­vi­ous Wizard of Oz, we had three To­tos – two of which mis­be­haved reg­u­larly. They would some­times refuse to come on stage, to sit still or obey any or­ders. On the last night of the show, the Scare­crow, Lion and Tin Man were caught out by a quick scene change and the Lion sur­prised the first few rows by fu­ri­ously try­ing to zip up his trousers whilst de­liv­er­ing his lines. The Wizard of Oz opens at Bacup Royal Court Theatre on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28 and there are shows on Fri­day and two shows on the Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion from www.bacuproy­al­courtthe­

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