Sophie Lord Praises Bacup Royal Court Theatre For Helping Realise Her Dream

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15170970_1856159127949902_4203680871923954873_n-1Sophie Lord in the leading role of Little Voice

At the age of 10 Sophie Lord watched a production of “Oliver!” at Bacup Royal Court Theatre (BRCT), and from the moment the curtain went up she told my nana ‘this is what I want to do when I grow up”, and she has never looked back.

Soon after watching this production, she enrolled with BRCTs youth section, Bacup Youth Theatre Education School (BYTES) ,and appeared in the chorus of their production of ‘Joseph!’. Every Saturday morning Sophie’s parents would drop her off at the theatre, where she learned the skills that she would need to make it in ‘show business’. Sophie admits that she didn’t know just what an impact Director Regina Arkwright and her team would have on her life.

Having been involved with the BYTES for a couple of years, Sophie auditioned for the role of ‘Ratty’ in the production of ‘Wind in the Willows’ and was lucky enough to be offered the role. This was the first of many roles within the youth section, including ‘Anna Leonowens’ in ‘The King & I’ , ‘Eliza Doolittle’ in ‘My fair Lady ‘and ‘Cosette’ in the National Operatic and Dramatic Association award winning production of ‘Les miserables’.

Sophie has also been lucky enough to tread the boards at Bacup Royal Court Theatre in the Adult Society’s productions, undertaking roles in many Pantomimes, musicals and plays over the past 16 years and has also appeared in shows all around the North West. But the biggest opportunity she has had was working on an American cruise liner as a Production singer on the Carnival Valor. She says that “This was the most amazing experience I have ever had, and I truly believe without all the support of local groups and local people, I would never have got this opportunity to live my dream”.

Her most recent role was that of ‘Little Voice’ in an outstanding production from the Rossendale Players of ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ where the review from NorthWest End magazine said “Taking on the lead role of Little Voice was Sophie Lord, and what a superb job she did! Pitching the shyness and reclusiveness of the character to perfection it made the moment you hear her wonderful voice for the first time all the more special. Her impersonations were also accurate with her Dusty Springfield being the stand out moment”.

If you have the dream of a career in show business. Follow Sophie’s example and join one of the many excellent amateur groups in the Valley.

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