Friday, 22 February 2013

Faye Brookes, The Perfect Princess

By chance I recently came across an article talking about the Aladdin Pantomime at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford back in December 2008. It included a picture of one of the shows main stars, Princess Jasmine.

Now unbeknown to me this beautiful young lady was our very own Faye Brookes.

As we all know Faye is immensely gifted, an incredible actress with the voice of an angel. Her talent alone should see her as a front runner for any West End role. However, there is no denying that she is also blessed with the looks of a Princess and was therefore the perfect choice for Jasmine and Aurora.

So I guess the question is, who's next? Snow White? Cinderella? Rapunzel? Ariel?

Here is the article I refered to above which includes a short interview with Faye:

Crowning Glory For Aladdin Princess

IF ever a girl was destined to play a princess, it must surely be Faye Brookes.

With her pretty face, sweetness and bubbly personality, the final year Guildford School of Acting student could have stepped straight from the pages of a fairytale. 

It must have simplified the job of choosing Brookes from the 50-plus hopefuls who auditioned for the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

It is her first professional role and she is brimming with excitement. The 21-year-old Mancunian is especially awed to be working with Nigel Havers, who she described as “lovely” and “inspirational”, but she said she was not about to become all starry. 

“It won’t change me at all,” she insisted.

Though she seems full of confidence, Brookes admitted to some pre-audition nerves. 

“I was the second-to-last to go in and there were some really good people, so I was sure that the audition panel must have chosen already,” she said. “But they were lovely and I felt at ease singing for them.

“Two days later the director called me back. Apparently they had actually wanted me from the moment they saw me.”

Brookes said she had been known as “musical theatre girl” since she started drama school, on account of her effervescence. 

Her aim is to make Princess Jasmine as loveable as possible. “She should be happy and smiley,” she said. 

“I’ll be myself really, as I’m a naturally positive person. I get it from my mum.”

Remember, this article is 4 years old so unfortuntely our chance to see Faye sparkle as Jasmine has past us by but I'm sure it wont be the last time she's given the role of a Princess.

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