Young performer’s top act

Emily Carey SUS-140416-145238001
Emily Carey SUS-140416-145238001

A TALENTED young actress from St Leonards performed at a prestigious theatre awards ceremony last Sunday (April 13).

Emily Carey,10, appeared as Marta Von Trapp from The Sound of Music at the Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, London.

The budding actress was part of the musical’s cast last summer when she performed at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London.

Last Sunday Emily proudly took to the stage, acting alongside Olivier Award nominee Charlotte Wakefield who reprised her role as Maria.

The 10-year-old Emily said: “It was an honour being asked to perform at such a huge event and although it was scary I enjoyed it very much. It was such a great experience and seeing people in the audience like Dame Judi Dench and Barbara Windsor clapping along as we performed Do Re Mi was very surreal and very exciting.”

A pupil at Claremont Preparatory School, St Leonards, she is also studying at Mad Fish Performing Arts Studio, Bexhill.

Hailing from a family who are no strangers to the entertainment business, Emily’s great grandmother,Vicky MacDonnell, who lives in Bexhill, worked on the film Henry V and starred alongside Laurence Olivier, and her great grandfather, Pat MacDonnell, was responsible for most of the film’s casting.

Sarah MacDonnell, Emily’s mother, said: “Emily has been interested in performing since she was tiny. She appeared in her first show as an orphan in Annie at the White Rock Theatre with The Hastleons when she was five years old and has been taking part in the Hastings Musical Festival since she was four years old. However it all took off for her after starting classes with Emma Burnett at Mad Fish Performing Arts in Bexhill. Emma coaches and mentors Emily for all her auditions and work. She made her debut appearance in Shrek The Musical in July 2012. I am quite in awe of all Emily has achieved and felt especially proud seeing her perform at such a prestigious event. It was amazing to see her up on the same stage as some of the most iconic performers in theatre. She seems to take it all in her stride and has her feet firmly on the ground.”