Melissa is flying high after landing role of Wendy in debut stage show Peter Pan

Former Northgate student Melissa Coleman as Wendy in Peter Pan, Spalding.

Former Northgate student Melissa Coleman as Wendy in Peter Pan, Spalding. - Credit: cont

A young actress from Ipswich has secured her first professional role – while still completing her performing arts training.

Melissa Coleman, right, as Wendy in Peter Pan

Melissa Coleman, right, as Wendy in Peter Pan - Credit: Archant

Melissa Coleman landed the role of Wendy in the pantomime Peter Pan being performed at the South Holland Arts Centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The 20-year-old former Northgate High School pupil was honing her skills at the Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) in Guildford, Surrey.

She is currently in the third year of a musical theatre course.

Miss Coleman has been performing from a young age and was previously a member of the Emma Dodd School of Performing Arts and Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Describing her stage debut she said: “It’s wonderful experience, getting to see the children in the audience smiling and enjoying themselves is just the best feeling.

Miss Coleman added she never expected to be performing in her first show while still studying.

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“As a part of our course we are given the chance to audition for professional pantomimes, but I didn’t expect to actually land a role whilst still in training.

“It feels incredible. I am having an absolutely amazing time and I know this show will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Some of the highlights of the show for Miss Coleman include the flying sequences and singing the upbeat songs in the show.

“And of course, it’s great to see the audience clapping along and smiling throughout the show.”

Talking about her training at the academy Miss Coleman added: “I have loved every minute.

“It has been hard work but it’s so rewarding being able to perform everyday.

“I feel very lucky to be at PPA which has such supportive tutors and which gives us such great opportunities.”

Miss Coleman also said she would relish the chance to perform in Ipswich in the future, adding: “I would love to appear in the Rock and Roll Pantomime at the New Wolsey Theatre, but I will need to learn another musical instrument first.”

The pantomime runs until December 31.