Grantham schoolgirl Megan given chance to dance in Guildhall spotlight

Paul Chantry and Megan Smith rehearse for The Happy Prince. Photo: 0265A
Paul Chantry and Megan Smith rehearse for The Happy Prince. Photo: 0265A
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A Grantham schoolgirl will get to dance in front of her home crowd this month when she stars in a dance production of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince.

KGGS girl Megan Smith, 15, will play the role of Wilde’s niece who helps to tell the story. The ballet will be staged at the Guildhall on Wednesday, October 22, by the Grantham-based Chantry Dance Company. She will also star in the production at Lincoln’s Terry O’Toole theatre on November 6.

The Happy Prince tells the story of a prince who gives away all his wealth to the poor people of his kingdom with the help of a swallow. It has been adapted and choreographed by Paul Chantry and Rae Piper who run the company.

Megan was chosen for the part after an audition. She said: “I found it quite tough at first because I have never done anything like this before, but I am really enjoying the challenge.”

Megan, of Maplewood Close, is on stage for the whole 40 minutes of the show except for a 15 second break!

The production also includes dance pieces called ‘All I Can Do Is Be Me’, set to Bob Dylan’s best-loved songs, and Gershwin’s famous jazz concerto ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, presented as a dynamic duet.

Tickets for the Grantham show cost £12/£10/£8.50 students at www.guildhallartscentre.com or call 01476 406158. Tickets for Lincoln can be ordered at www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk or by telephone on 01522 883311.