A PAIR of aspiring actresses will step into another world when they share the leading role in a bizarre musical show.
Hope Billie Swan and Rebekah Grace Summerhill are set to star as Alice in Through the Looking Glass.
The strange story is based on Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel, a follow-up to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Starset Theatre is staging the musical at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Saturday and Sunday.
It follows Alice as she ponders what the world is like on the other side of the mirror.
Climbing up to touch it, she discovers she can step through into an alternative world where she meets a host of whacky characters, including Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Queen and Humpty Dumpty.
Harton Technology College pupil Hope, of Sunderland Road, South Shields, will play Alice on Saturday.
The 14-year-old said: “I auditioned for the show in September and I was really nervous.
“As soon as I got up on stage, I couldn’t stop shaking. But I really wanted to be Alice, so I was really happy when I got the part.
“I’m really excited to do the show at the Customs House because I always have a lot of fun when I perform there.
“I’ve always liked the story, and I think it’ll be fun to be Alice.”
Hope has been a member of Starset since she was just five years old.
Mum Debbie added: “We were over the moon when Hope got the part.
“I can’t wait to go and watch her – there’s a big gang of us going.
“I think I get more nervous than she does though.
“It’s almost like you’ve got to peek through your fingers and you always breathe a sigh of relief at the end when everyone’s clapping.
“I know she’ll be fantastic – they both will.”
Rebekah, who also attends Harton Technology College, will play Alice on Sunday.
The 11-year-old, of Readhead Road, South Shields, said: “The auditions were really scary.
late as it was Great North Run day and we got stuck in traffic.
“I ran in out of breath and I had to go first. It was really nervewracking, but I’m very, very excited to do the show.
“I’ve seen all the Alice in Wonderland films and they’re really magical and mystical, so I know it’ll be lots of fun.”
Rebekah joined Starset when she was seven.
Mum Karen Dixon added: “It’s amazing that Rebekah got the part, and I can’t wait to see her up there.
“I think I’ll just be crying the whole time, and really nervous.
“The girls are on stage for about 95 per cent of the show so it is a big part.
“They’ve both done really well.”
Through the Looking Glass is on at the Customs House on Saturday and Sunday. Shows run at 2pm and 7pm each day.
Tickets cost £13 with an £11 concession, or £40 for a family ticket.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.