The young princesses

LITTLE princesses Lucy Marriott and Emma Roberts were up against stiff competition when they auditioned for roles in The King and I. However, the eight-year-olds have stepped up to the part after being offered the chance to appear in the musical being sta

LITTLE princesses Lucy Marriott and Emma Roberts were up against stiff competition when they auditioned for roles in The King and I.

However, the eight-year-olds have stepped up to the part after being offered the chance to appear in the musical being staged by Luton Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Lucy, of Shefford, and Emma, from Stotfold, are among the youngest children out of the 15 playing princes and princesses in the show.

Emma, who attends St. Mary's Lower School in Stotfold, said: "I was really nervous when I went into the audition, but mum was even more scared than I was. I was overjoyed when I got the part. I am so excited."

Lucy, of Shefford Lower School, explained the judging process. She said: "We had to sing Getting to Know You and do a little dance routine in front of the judges. I was very nervous, but I have had the DVD for over a year and watched it about 40 times so I knew the song quite well."

Steven Holder, chair of the operatic society, wanted to produce a show to get young people involved and was impressed with all those who turned out.

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He said: "Emma and Lucy performed well and we are pleased to offer them roles. I am sure they'll make great princesses!"

The society has been performing in Stevenage and Luton for over 80 years. The family musical, based on the book Anna and the King of Siam, will be performed at the Luton Library Theatre in March 2007.

Tickets are available on 01525 220189 or by contacting the theatre directly.

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