Emma is Dolled up for success
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Silverbridge singing sensation Emma Martin takes her first foray into the glitzy world of showbiz as she takes to the stage in the Grand Opera House on Thursday night in Guys and Dolls.
During it's three-night run, she'll take on the role of Sister Sarah Brown, a role made famous by Jean Simmons in the 1955 movie, also starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra.
The soprano, a student of Sacred Heart, has been tipped for a bright future by local drama enthusiasts ever since she came second in the World Championships in Brighton as a 13-year-old, yet, whilst being aware of the significance of her achievement, she appears take it all in her stride with a modesty, nonchalance and abandon of a schoolgirl enjoying every minute of it.
Speaking to the Democrat about the precocious 15-year old, her proud mother Aishling said that Emma had always
been a natural performer from a young age.
“Emma has been singing since she was four years of age and she absolutely lives for it. The family are all so proud of her achievements and this is a really big role for her," she said.
Also an accomplished dancer, with three years spent specialising in Tap, Ballet and Modern/Contemporary, Emma hails from a great familial lineage, as both her mother Aishing and Aunt Catriona were fine Irish dancers.
This aligned with a fine musical tableaux comprising of luminaries such as The Rat Pack, Judy Garland and
Tony Bennet has held her in good stead and helped ease her transition onto the stage.
“I've always been influenced by singers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Judy Garland and grew up loving musicals and classic movie stars like Marilyn Monroe," said Emma.
Also starring in Miss Saigon in the Mac Theatre, and later in the year, Hairspray for the Bosco Drama group, it is evident that this young girl with the skyscraper voice has an even bigger future lying ahead of her.
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