Cousins triumph in theatre exams

Danielle Young (left) with her cousin Brooke Young
Danielle Young (left) with her cousin Brooke Young
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TWO cousins are hitting all the right notes after receiving a glowing set of exam results at theatre school.

Hartlepool girls Danielle and Brooke Young performed brilliantly in their musical theatre exams at Stagecoach theatre school.

Danielle, 12, gained a distinction at grade 5 which is the equivalent of a GCSE.

Brooke, is just five and is one of the youngest children at the school to have received a distinction at grade 1.

Maxine Young, who is Danielle’s mum and Brooke’s aunt, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic.

“They have really worked for it.”

Danielle has been attending the group, which meets at High Tunstall College of Science in Hartlepool, since she was four and Brooke has been a member for a year.

Danielle has already appeared in spectacular theatre productions, including as a member of the choir in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre and in Aida at Darlington’s Civic Theatre.

She was also shortlisted for a part in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Sunderland but unfortunately missed out on the role after getting down to the final five.

Danielle, who lives with mum Maxine and dad Christian in Buttercup Close on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, had to perform three songs and research the context they were written in.

Brooke, who lives in Mereston Close with her mum Helen Blair and dad Kevin Young, who are due to get married in three weeks, and three-year-old brother Thomas, was asked similar questions more appropriate for her age.

During their Stagecoach sessions, which they attend for three hours a week, the girls, both Norton-based Red House School pupils, sing, dance and perform drama.

Staff at Stagecoach can then enter youngsters for roles in large productions around the area.