South Pacific stars help Sunderland’s performers of the future

Local child actors with stars of the Sunderland Empire production of South Pacific, left to right; Myla Phoebe Kida, 11, Beth Emily Starke, 10,  and Neil Maromo, 8, met West End stars Jodi Kimura, Matthew Cammelle and Rebecca Thornhill, right, backstage before the opening night of the show.
Local child actors with stars of the Sunderland Empire production of South Pacific, left to right; Myla Phoebe Kida, 11, Beth Emily Starke, 10, and Neil Maromo, 8, met West End stars Jodi Kimura, Matthew Cammelle and Rebecca Thornhill, right, backstage before the opening night of the show.
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THE stars of West End hit South Pacific have sailed into Sunderland this week and are dishing out top tips to tomorrow’s thespians.

The actors have taken time out of their schedule to pass on their expertise to the next generation of North East stars who are joining them in the blockbuster musical at the Sunderland Empire until May 12.

Young talent auditioned for the chance to appear in the musical alongside West End stars Matthew Cammelle, Rebecca Thornhill, Alex Ferns and Daniel Koek.

Six budding stars aged eight to 11, from Washington, Houghton and Newcastle, will share the parts of Ngana and Jerome, the illegitimate children of Emile de Becque and Bloody Mary’s helper, in the two week run of South Pacific.

The youngsters met backstage with leading actors Matthew Cammelle and Rebecca Thornhill for a few words of encouragement.

Click here to read Katy Wheeler’s review of South Pacific