Ava, 10, on target with new role

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Ten-year-old Ava Bounds beat 200 other hopefuls to land the lead child role of Nellie in this year’s Christmas show, Annie Get your Gun at the Sheffield Crucible.

Ava, who is a pupil at Highfield Prep School in Harrogate is delighted to have been chosen and puts it down to her years of training at the Royal Ballet school and at the Yorkshire Academy of Dramatic Arts- YADA which meets in Harrogate.

Ava said: “I’ve auditioned many times and often been disappointed, but this time I believed in the role and I just knew that I was going to be Nellie.”

Annie Get Your Gun has proved so popular that the theatre has extended the run to January 21 from its opening on December 12.