Hollie at home on the stage

Hollie Cadwallender
Hollie Cadwallender

A BUDDING stage star is having “the time of her life” as she enjoys a role in a major production.

Hollie Cadwallender is making her way around the country starring in a stage re-make of 1954 film White Christmas.

Despite being just 12, Hollie has already performed in Southampton and Dublin and is now in Liverpool as she approaches the final leg of the three-month tour.

The popular play follows four entertainers who make plans to bail out a Second World War commanding officer, General Waverly, who now runs an old rustic inn, with a big musical show.

The St Hilds’s CE Secondary School pupil plays the part of General Waverly’s granddaughter, Susan.

Her proud parents, Gill, 40, and Lee, 41, an industrial painter, and younger sister Lily have already been to watch Hollie in action three times.

Gill, who works in administration, said: “She is absolutely loving it, she really is having the time of her life.

“The show is fantastic, it’s really well done.”

Hollie, who lives with her family in the Clavering area of Hartlepool, is joined on tour by a star-studded cast.

Welsh singer and television personality Aled Jones plays a major role as does Adam Cooper who featured in the award winning film Billy Elliot.

“They have been fantastic with Hollie,” added Gill.

“Hollie and another girl who she is sharing the role with are the youngest in the show and the rest of the cast have really looked after the both of them.

“She celebrated her 12th birthday not so long ago and all of the cast got her presents and cards.

“She feels like she has known them forever.”

Despite her age, Gill says Hollie has not shown any sign of nerves.

But the youngster does seem to be at home on the big stage, as Hollie also featured in the Mail in 2006 when she wowed former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and was crowned Young Barbie Dance Star at an event in London.

And Hollie and her family are hoping her performances around the country will lead to even bigger and better things.

Gill added: “We are hoping this is the start for her.

“She has been working extremely hard and the main thing is she is enjoying herself.”

Since the tour started in November, Hollie has had the opportunity for week-long breaks at home and took the opportunity to catch up on her school work.