Musical role for Lucy-Ella on step up career ladder

Lucy Ella Smith of St Annes
Lucy Ella Smith of St Annes
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A former winner of the popular Fylde’s Got Talent contest takes another step on the ladder to fame when she appears in a major musical revival at Preston Charter Theatre tonight.

Lucy-Ella Smith, from St Annes, who was victorious in 2011 and has since appeared with Boyzone at the Lytham Proms, is taking the lead role in Preston Musical Comedy Society’s production of Mack and Mabel by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart from tonight until Saturday.

It’s the multi-award winning society’s contribution to Preston’s Guild Year and features all the glamour, comedy, pathos and sheer determination of the early film makers.

Out of the silent movie era and the heady heights of 1920s Hollywood, Mack and Mabel tells the heart-wrenching love story of two of its greatest legends – director Mack Sennett (“The King of Comedy”) and his star, comedienne Mabel Normand.

When ‘hash-slinger’ Mabel Normand turns up on the set of film-maker Mack Sennett, creator of the Keystone Cops, she catches his eye and soon captures his heart.

Before long, Mabel is starring in Sennett’s two-reelers and together they bring magic to the silver screen. Yet ambition, dalliance and the impending threat of changing times make for a tempestuous relationship. Romance turns to jealousy while stardom foreshadows scandal and heartbreak. But despite the odds, this inimitable pair can never escape the undeniability of their love for each other.

For 17-year old-Lucy-Ella Smith the last two years have been a steep learning curve in her ambition for stardom.

Last summer she was performing across the North West in a number of outdoor concerts, most notably alongside Boyzone at the Lytham Proms. Now she is celebrating gaining a scholarship on to the Musical Theatre course at Preston College, and her leading role as Mabel.

“I’m thrilled to be involved in Preston Musical Comedy Society’s 2012 Guild show and hope that the people of Preston will come and support the show,” said Lucy-Ella.

“This is my first role with them and I am really looking forward to getting up on stage.”

Preston Musical Comedy Society’s production runs from Tuesday to Saturday at the Charter Theatre at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Ticket details from (0845) 3442012.