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Bury St Edmunds student’s TV debut with Elaine Paige

Charlotte Palmer in a professional west end showcase earlier this year - photograph by Robin Savage

Charlotte Palmer in a professional west end showcase earlier this year - photograph by Robin Savage

A musical theatre student from Bury St Edmunds made her television debut last night when she performed a Broadway hit on The Elaine Paige Show.

Former King VI School pupil Charlotte Palmer - who cites the school’s acting teacher Nigel Turner and music teacher Zoe de Turberville among her inspirations - was selected from hundreds of students during an audition which gained her the unique opportunity of being mentored by Elaine Paige.

“I think she’s an inspiration to many musical theatre students because she’s had such a versatile career,” said charlotte, who was advised about ‘being physically free enough to own the stage’ by ‘The First Lady of Musical Theatre’.

Appearing under her stage name Charlie Langham, Charlotte demonstrated her acting and singing talents, performing ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ on camera in front of a studio audience. The show was broadcast on Sky Arts 1 at 8pm yesterday and will air again tonight at 6pm.

Charlotte said: “It was an amazing experience, but it was very scary too. Its a different type of nervous to being on stage because you’ve got more opportunities to get it right, but, then again, time is money.”

The 22-year-old, who is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts at Wood Green, in North London, appeared on the show alongside celebrity guests Maureen Lipmann, Hannah Waddington, Clive Rowe and Broadway star Christine Andreas.

Prior to the show airing this week, she said: “I feel a lot of pressure because my parents have invested a lot to put me through drama school, both financially and emotionally in trying to support me.”

 

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