Hollie’s dreaming of a White Christmas

Hollie Cadwallender
Hollie Cadwallender

A BUDDING stage star is set to tour the UK after landing a role in a major production.

Hollie Cadwallender will spend the next three months alongside a host of stars as she plays a part in the stage re-make of 1954 film White Christmas.

Hollie is just 11 years old, but is set for two weeks of rehearsals in London followed by stints in Southampton, Dublin and Liverpool.

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.

Hollie will play the role of General Waverly’s granddaugher, Susan.

She will be joined on stage by Welsh singer and television personality, Aled Jones, and Adam Cooper, who featured in hit film, Billy Elliot.

Her delighted mum, Gill, 40, an administrator, said she is extremely proud.

“It’s absolutely fantastic for her, we are so, so pleased,” said Gill, who lives in the Clavering area of town with husband, Lee, 40, an industrial painter, Hollie, and six-year-old daughter, Lilly.

“Hollie is always saying to me to look out for any auditions and we saw this one advertised.

“We didn’t build our hopes up too much to be honest, but we went down to Liverpool for the audition.

“When we found out she had got the part it was just brilliant. Hollie was so excited, she couldn’t believe it.”

The talented youngster started dancing and performing when she joined the Braithwaite/Dowson Academy of Dance and Drama, in York Road, Hartlepool, at just two years old.

Gill says it is Hollie’s dream to have a career in musical theatre.

“We are hoping that this can be a big break for her,” Gill added.

“I’m really nervous about the fact she will be away from home but she can’t wait.

“We have already booked tickets to go and see her a couple of times.”

Hollie, who is a student at St Hild’s CE Secondary School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, will head to London next Wednesday, October 26, for rehearsals.

The show kicks off in Southampton on November 14 and the curtain comes down in Liverpool in early January next year.

Hollie will still be able to spend some time at home during the tour, but has received authorisation from her school and will be joined on her travels by a tutor.