Children to play Grand Theatre panto dwarfs

These youngsters may have small shoes to fill but they still face a big task – after being chosen to play the seven dwarfs in this year's pantomime in Wolverhampton.

Children to play Grand Theatre panto dwarfs

These youngsters may have small shoes to fill but they still face a big task – after being chosen to play the seven dwarfs in this year's pantomime in Wolverhampton.

The 13 youngsters will get their chance to shine at the Grand Theatre in Snow White after it was decided professionals were too expensive to play the parts. They will be split into two teams of seven, with the son of lead actors Sam Kane and Linda Lusardi completing the line-up.

The group, all aged nine to 12 and between 4ft 1in and 4ft 8in, impressed the couple when they were selected from 50 young hopefuls this summer. Despite their tender years many have starred in previous productions. Ben Evans, 10, from Stourbridge Road, Wombourne, played the part of Oliver in May in the West Bromwich Operatic

Society performance of the musical and will tread the same boards as Tiny Tim when Bilston Operatic Society performs A Christmas Carol in November.

Snow White will be the fourth pantomime Roberta Harper, 12, of Highfields Park, Cheslyn Hay, has appeared in. Nine-year-old Ellie May Gray, of Kewstoke Road,

Essington, is already a star of the screen, having appeared in an Argos advert and has secured a role in an upcoming Jane Eyre film.

Ellie Gough, 11, from Telford, said: "I was amazed to be chosen. This is my first performance and I can't wait."

Joining them on the Lichfield Street stage from December 10 to January 22 will be Zoe Oakley, 10, from Tettenhall, Wolverhampton; Mya Dior Wright, nine, from Wolverhampton; Mia Mould, nine, from Wolverhampton; James Harris, 11, from Walsall; Thomas Withers, 10, from Kingswinford; Samuel Lear, 10, from Bilston; Emily

Taylor, 10, from Telford; Tilly Thompson, 10, from Tettenhall, and Lily Moxon, 12, from Shrewsbury.

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