Talented teen takes to stage

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Talented teen Madison Naylor has swapped the streets of South Normanton for the stage to perform in popular show Annie.

The 13-year-old student of Frederick Gent School, has joined the Mansfield Operatic and Dramatic Society production of Annie which runs until March 12.

This is the youngster’s second stint with the society after she played an orphan as part of Fagin’s gang in Oliver in 2015.

Proud mum Linsday Naylor said: “We are so proud of Madison and what she has achieved. She hasn’t even been performing for very long but has come such a long way and throws herself into it wholeheartedly.

After her first taste of stardom, Madison went on to auditioned for Michael Xavier for a place at his part-time elite musical theatre training school, West End Masterclass in London.

Lindsay added: “Madison is one of the very few to gain a place with Michael who has never performed on stage professionally, she has amazed everyone with her talent.

“Last March Madison went to see ‘Annie – the UK tour’ in Nottingham and decided to audition for Mansfield Operatic and Dramatic Society’s 2017 show. She was overjoyed to be chosen as one of the Annie’s along with Ella Wragg.

“After seeing the show she just fell in love with all the songs.

“Maidson has gone from never having performed at 11 years old to the stage at 13. She has had an incredible journey and hopes one day to realise her dream of performing on the West End stage.”

But it isn’t just performing that Madison is interested in. The caring teen also joined a group of other young people who were concerned about the environment. The group recorded a single and sang it for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at a fundraiser.

The show at Mansfield Palace Theatre runs nightfrom from 7.15pm to March 11. There are also matinee performances on March 11 and 12. Tickets are £12, to book call 01623 633133.