The Christmas experience has already begun for nine year old April Gautrey Saunders.
She has been performing on stage with the Glyndebourne national tour of Benjamin Britten’s dark opera The Rape of Lucretia, directed by Fiona Shaw.
April attends ESSPA (The East Sussex School of Performing Arts) and is a pupil of King Offa primary school in Bexhill.
She won the role of Lucretia’s daughter and is the only child in the opera.
Drama aside, April is having an exceptional time - while in Milton Keynes, she visited Father Christmas in a Winter Wonderland, travelled on the Santa train and rode a huge carousel.
As the production found its way around Britain she found that every town had interest and fun on offer, and on this run has been to Woking, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Glyndebourne and last week was in Plymouth. Then it was home for Christmas and a well deserved rest with her family.
April learns ballet, tap, musical performance, and drama at ESPPA, where she started at the age of 3, and the school’s Teena Symonds said: “This was the first time she has done any professional work. It was amazing for her. She was the only child in the cast - a small cast of about nine or ten - and they were her family, they were wonderful to her and she was spoiled rotten - but she will come down to earth again, I am sure. It was just an amazing experience.”