BUDDING actors are seeing stars.
A brother and sister duo will hit the stage and the screen this year in two productions.
Jaycee Pink, nine, and her brother Vinny, eight, have picked up parts in the new stage production of Bugsy Malone with former X Factor winner Joe McElderry and the film Tested, which is due to be released later this year.
The siblings’ mum Amy Pink, 31, from Plains Farm, said: “They are both just over the moon. So excited.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for them both and I am happy because they can learn a lot from the people working on both productions.
“Vinny, who is usually really shy, just shone in his audition for the show, and he loved it.”
Jaycee who is a dance pupil at Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts, in Grindon, Sunderland, is no stranger to the stage.
“She has been in a few theatre productions,” said Amy.
“But this one is different because it is more about the acting and singing than dancing.”
Jaycee, nine, said: “I am very excited and I can’t wait to start.
“I’m looking forward to the rehearsals.”
Performing in the show will be a first for Vinny.
Amy says he is relishing the opportunity to work with Joe McElderry, who appeared on stage at the Sunderland Empire in Dirty Dancing last year.
“He is just really, really excited, and he loves Joe, so he can’t wait to meet him,” she said.
“Vinny plays Joe the barman so he has got quite a main role.
“I am so proud of them both.”
The East Herrington Primary School pupils will make their big screen debut later in the year as extras when Tested hits cinemas across the country later this year.
Bugsy Malone, produced by Northern Youth Theatre Shows, will be at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, from April 11 to 13.