Babes trio to star at Grove

A trio of talented young stars from Leighton have been cast in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood
A trio of talented young stars from Leighton have been cast in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

A talented trio of young Leighton stars is set to take the panto world by storm this festive season – oh yes, they are!

The three – Libby Rose Bridgen, Adam Derland and Kyle Tibbles, all members of Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre – have been invited to join the cast of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood, which opens at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre on December 12.

LBCT Spokeswoman Sally Allsopp said: “Each of them has amazing commitment, enthusiasm and talent.

“Libby is so gentle, thoughtful and determined – a fabulous young performer. Adam is enthusiastic and extra special – a brilliant member of LBCT, while Kyle is calm, caring, confident and so, so funny. A born performer.”

The children were offered the roles after a gruelling series of auditions which saw them singing, dancing and reading from an abridged script.

Ten-year-old Libby Rose is in Year 6 at Overstone Combined School in Wing.
Her proud mum Tracey, 38, said: “I think she could sing before she could speak. She must have joined LBCT when she was about three and started ballet as soon as she was old enough.

“She’d had a hard week doing her 11 plus when an email came through about the audition.”
The part-time Brooklands teaching assistant admitted they didn’t have high hopes of Libby winning a role: “I think I was more nervous than she was – I was certainly more tearful when they were dismissing children every 15 minutes and I realised we were still there, with Adam and Kyle.

“She was absolutely elated when she got the part. Now she’s really looking forward to the start of rehearsals.”

Kyle Ward and his mum, Adele, 37, also had no idea he might win a role. “Never in a million years did we think he’d get it,” the 37-year-old police control communications operator said. “We just went thinking it would be good experience.”

Kyle, nine, of Roundel Drive is in Year 6 at Linslade School. He’s appeared in several shows at the Library Theatre but this was his first ‘proper’ audition.

Adele said he was “super excited” when they got the news: “Now we’re just waiting for scripts and rehearsal schedules.”

Adam Derland, nine, who’s in Year 4 at Mary Bassett Lower School, was “excited but nervous” about the auditon, according to his mum, Jacki Banfield. “We didn’t think for a minute he’d be selected,” she said.

“When he was chosen, he had this huge smile on his face. He couldn’t believe it, he wanted to go home and tell all the family.

“It’s also nice that three of them from LBCT will be going together. The school has also organised forthe whole year group to see him.”

> The panto is at the Grove Theatre from December 12.