Gail-Marie passes on tips to aspiring kids
A TORBAY actress who has enjoyed a career in the West End and on screen has returned to her roots and has started musical theatre classes at Torbay Leisure Centre.
Gail-Marie (pictured) trained locally at Pamela De Waal School of Dance and attended Torquay Girls' Grammar School.
She started working professionally in musical theatre at the age of 10, where she performed in Annie in the West End. The show then toured the UK and she appeared in the royal première gala opening of the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, where she was presented to Princess Margaret.
She then went on to work professionally as an actress and furthered her training at the prestigious London Studio Centre where her classmates included Louis Spence, Nicolas Pinnock, Tamzin Outhewaite and Laurie Brett.
On completion of a three-year Musical Theatre Diploma she went straight into her first musical My Fair Lady directed by Simon Callow and starring Edward Fox.
Gail-Maire then enjoyed a West End run with Aspects of Love starring Alexander Hanson.
She also enjoyed being cast in her dream role as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat alongside Philip Schofield.
She quickly followed that with a West End hit Copacabana alongside Michael Praed with a West End run and UK tour of Summer Holiday to follow starring Ross King and Darren Day. In between these shows she managed to fit in a few pantomime appearances.
She then went full circle and played the role of Lily St Regis in the West End revival of Annie alongside Lily Savage (Paul O Grady) and Lesley Joseph.
Deciding to change tack she then moved up north and started out on a TV career and appeared in Emmerdale as one of Zoe Tate's girlfriends.
Illness and personal reasons saw 2012 bring Gail-Marie back home to her roots and while recovering and recuperating she was offered the opportunity to use her knowledge and skills to help other budding aspiring musical theatre performers from the Bay. Under the Sway Dance company she has started musical theatre classes at Torbay Leisure Centre for children from seven upwards. Classes run ever Wednesday, for seven to 11 year olds from 4pm to 5pm and for 11 years and upwards from 5pm to 6pm. The courses run for 10 weeks with a public performance at the end of each course.