Hollie Aires stars in Rugby Theatre’s Whistle Down the Wind from this Saturday

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Hollie Aires is starring in Rugby Theatre’s production of Whistle down the Wind, which opens this Saturday (June 8).

Director of this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Helen Dulcamara, says “Hollie is one of the brightest young stars to appear on our stage. It is hard to believe that she is only 16 when you hear her amazing voice, but she also has the total vulnerability that is essential for this role.”

This is Hollie’s first major role at Rugby Theatre, but she is a very experienced performer as a singer/songwriter, having appeared on stages across the country, culminating with her appearance at the O2 in London earlier this year where she came third out of 9000 applicants in a National Singing competition.

Talking about being in Whistle down the Wind, Hollie said: “ Being a part of this great musical has reinforced my passion even more for the world of Musical Theatre. I am so honoured to be surrounded by such an amazing and talented cast and although it has been incredibly hard work, I’ve had a wonderful time.”

Co-starring with Hollie, as the mysterious Man discovered in the barn, is experienced Musical Theatre performer Chris Smith, who joined Rugby Theatre to play Jesus in another Lloyd Webber musical – Jesus Christ Superstar.

Chris said: “It is a privilege to perform opposite Hollie and we have worked hard at bringing the relationship between Swallow and The Man to the stage. Hollie is a young singer/actress with a talent beyond her years. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of Hollie on the wider stage in years to come and I hope I get the chance to work with her again”

The show features several experienced Rugby Theatre Musical regulars along with some very exciting new talent, on stage for the first time.

Two teams of children perform alternate shows through the week, drawn from 21 different schools.

Whistle Down the Wind follows the fortunes of a fugitive caught between the prejudice of adults and the innocence of children.

Based on the 1958 novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the 1961 Richard Attenborough film, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score combines haunting love songs and explosive rock music with lyrics by Jim Steinman.

There are performances nightly at 7.30pm from Saturday June 8 to Saturday June 15 (no performance Sunday June 9), with a matinee performance at 3pm on Saturday 15th.

To book tickets please telephone 01788 541234 or go online to rugbytheatre.co.uk.