Local young dancer found to perform in Gangsta Granny this March at Preston Guild Hall
Birmingham Stage Company are bringing their world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to Preston Guild Hall from Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th March this year. The Stage Company search for a local young dancer from each part of the country they visit, to give a chance to showcase the local talent! After an extensive search they’ve found a local young dancer Kitty Harris who will perform a solo number in this show.
After been given an article by her Nana from the Blackpool Gazette asking for young dancers to audition for the David Walliams production of Gangsta Granny, Kitty auditioned via video link. The Birmingham stage company were looking for a dancer to perform in its touring production and Kitty is thrilled to have been chosen for the part!
Kitty was born into show business and her father the legendary ventriloquist Keith Harris of Orville fame who captured the hearts of millions in the 80’s with his hit song ’The Orville song’ was her major influence. Growing up with Keith’s enthusiasm around her has inspired and encouraged Kitty to follow him into the world of show business, not as a ventriloquist, but a singer and dancer. Kitty started dancing at the age of 4 at the Langley’s dance centre in Blackpool. By the age of 7 she was playing ‘Annie’ in the tower ballet and performing in the Blackpool Tower Circus pantomimes of which her dad was very proud. Keith’s connections with the Endrez Family Tower Circus started in 1999 when he was asked to be ring master for the summer season, which had been an ambition of his and for him to then see Kitty performing there as a dancer and last year also playing a small part as fairy would have made him smile. She also has recently sang in the Talents of Britain touring show with her dad’s protégé ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, and is performing with him again in his show at The Blackpool Pleasure Beach this August.
From an early age, Kitty watched Keith perform in his shows and saw him create the props for his productions. He would always get the whole family involved. Most weekends and holidays were spent creating and what fun for the Harris family! Kitty remembers Daisy the cow in the conservatory for most of the summer until it was ready to go to panto and the three bears coming for a costume fitting! Kitty and her brother Shenton would also make their own shows and the whole family would watch.
It’s this kind of hands on experience that has been instilled in Kitty that has made her an all-rounder; able to perform and be a good team member who is willing just like her dad to lend a hand in the business, a business that is very hard but she is determined to succeed in it.
Director Neal Foster said today: “We are lucky to have found such a promising young dancer such as Kitty to join our company in this exciting new show and are sure she’ll enjoy the experience of performing a solo dance number at the Guild Hall. We hope Preston audiences will come and support their local girl.”
Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th March 2017
Tickets range from £12.50 to £19.50 with school, group and family discounts available
Charter Theatre, Preston Guild Hall
To book call Box Office on 01772 80 44 44 or visit www.prestonguildhall.com