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Local teens bring the wild west to theatre

Two east Belfast teenagers will be treading the boards this summer after winning coveted roles in musical production ‘Oklahoma!’.

Campbell College student Adam McIlveen and Bloomfield Collegiate pupil Claire McNarry , both 17, will star in the musical production that’s set to take place at newtownabbey’s Theatre at the Mill— under the direction of country’s leading musical theatre directors, Peter Corry and Wilson Shields.

Currently studying A Level Theatre Studies, Adam McIlveen has been selected to play the lead character of Ike Skidmore.

Adam told the Community Telegraph: “Having participated in last year’s sell out production of Les Miserables, I couldn’t have passed up the opportunity to take part in Oklahoma this year.

“I am looking forward to this musical because it is completely different to Les Miserables with its fun mix of music, dance and romance.

“It really is a musical for all the family to enjoy.

“I’m especially looking forward to developing my dancing skills under the direction of international choreographer Fleur Mellor and working again with Peter Corry and Wilson Shields.”

Claire McNarry said: “Oklahoma is one of my favourite musicals and I can’t wait to be a part of the professional production of the show.”

The musical will showcase Northern Ireland’s best young performers, who all had to compete in an extensive audition to win one of the 40 places to star in the musical, which will be performed entirely by students.

Oklahoma, the tale of love and rivalry between cowboys and farmers on the prairie, will run from August 12 to August 20.

Tickets start at £9, and are available to book online at www.theatreatthemill.com or from the Box Office on 028 9034 0202.

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