Dream role for local actress

Hillsborough actress Rhiannon Chesterman was thrilled to take to the stage of the Grand Opera House recently with the touring production of ‘Hairspray’.

However, she was even more delighted when she got the call telling her that she would be taking on the lead role of ‘Tracy’ for two of the local performances.

Rhiannon was excited to be performing on stage to a local audience and to step into the lead role when the original ‘Tracy’ took ill was a dream come true for the former member of Lisburn’s Fusion Theatre.

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“To be able to play to a home crowd in a leading musical is one thing but to be able to play the leading role is a dream come true,” said Rhiannon. “What I was most excited about was that we were in Belfast and my parents would be able to come along.

“It couldn’t have worked out better. This was my first time playing a leading role in a musical so it was a very special moment for me.

“As a little girl I went to the Grand Opera House many times, hoping one day I would get to prance about up there. Getting into the fat suit, costume and wigs for the first time was very exciting. I am so privileged to be part of such a supportive and generous company.

“At the end of the show Tracy invites the audience to join in by shouting ‘Come on Belfast, let’s dance!’ That is something that will stay with me forever.”