A talented schoolgirl is set to star on stage in panto this Christmas – oh yes she is!
Jay Carr has already tasted the limelight by performing live as part of a dance group on Sky One’s hit show, Got to Dance, two years in a row.
The 10-year-old is currently the double world freestyle champion for the third year running and is well used to performing.
But this Christmas, she’s set for a new challenge when she takes part in the Pavilion Theatre’s annual panto extravaganza – The Wizard that Never Woz.
Jay will take to the stage alongside radio personality and Express columnist Shebahn Littlejohn and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus. Proud mum Kim said: “The producers asked her dance teacher, Robert Hamilton at Dancepoint, to pick some of his best dancers to audition for the show and Jay got through.
“They’ve not long started rehearsals but Jay is really looking forward it.
“She’ll be doing two to three shows a week from when the panto starts on November 28 until January 19.
“I think she’s a munchkin in part of it, she’ll be involved in the whole production.
“There are only about five young dancers in each show so she’s got quite a big part.
“She’s done dancing shows and a lot of work with The Box and Fear of the Unknown for Got to Dance but this is her first panto.
“It’s such a great opportunity for her, especially since she got through on her first audition.” Jay, who is in P7 at St James’s Primary in Renfrew, lives at home with Kim, dad Brian and Leo.
She has attended Dancepoint Musical Theatre School in Glasgow for the last five years.
She’s met some of her panto stars already including Shebahn, who is performing as Dorothy, Michelle and Dean Park.
Kim said she and the family have all bought tickets to go and see Jay perform in the show.
“We take Jay and her brotherLeo to see a panto every Christmas but this time we’ll be watching Jay in it.
“It’s Jay’s birthday on December 5 and she’s performing that night so there’s a crowd of us going to see her then.
“As if Christmas isn’t exciting enough, she’ll be performing all the way through it.”