Sixth former Martyna Kupczack is set to grace the stage at Derby Theatre after winning a role in the production of the David Walliams’ book Gangsta Granny.

 The 17-year-old will perform a solo dance in the show which tells the story of a granny who lives a secret life.

The teenager, who is studying A-levels in Dance, Psychology and Media at Saint Benedict CVA Sixth Form, dances with Vanessa Millar and Deda in Derby.

She said: “We were told by Deda that the theatre was looking for dancers who were over 16 but looked younger for Gangsta Granny.

“I contacted the theatre and said I was interested and was given an email for the people working on Gangsta Granny.

“I emailed to ask what was involved and they asked me to send in a video audition which involved me learning a dance and doing it for about one minute.

“I did it at school with the help of some of the other dancers and my Dance teacher Mrs Russell.

“It only took them a few days to get back to me and they said I’d got the part. I was very excited as I wasn’t really expecting it because it was disco dancing which I don’t really do. I normally do contemporary dancing.

“I was in the car with my dad when I got the email and I phoned my mum and brother and messaged my friends and Mrs Russell. I think they are all going to come and watch me.”

Martyna is hoping to become a professional dancer and is looking to study at a Conservatoire in Leeds or London after finishing her A-levels.

Katie Russell, Dance teacher at Saint Benedict CVA, in Duffield Road, Derby, said: “We are extremely proud of Martyna. This is a really big thing for her and it just shows how far she’s come.

“She thoroughly deserves it and will do a great job. We are looking forward to seeing her dance on stage.”

Martyna will take part in nine performances. The show runs from Wednesday, November 16th to Sunday, November 20th.

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