Am-dram gran rocks the stage

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An am-dram gran who never stopped believin’ she would one day perform at the Lyceum has seen her dreams come true – thanks to The Star.

Sue Curr, aged 54, joined the cast of hit West End musical Rock Of Ages after winning The Star’s competition to take a walk-on part in the show.

Rock of Ages competition winner Sue Curr has a quick pre-show rehearsal with cast member Russell SmithS

Rock of Ages competition winner Sue Curr has a quick pre-show rehearsal with cast member Russell SmithS

Sue, who is a member of Southey Musical Theatre Company, watched the first half of the show from the stalls before taking to the stage at the end of the show with the big ensemble to perform Don’t Stop Believin’.

Sue, of Wincobank, said: “I love the stage – it’s my first passion. I got the acting bug as a child. My mum dragged me along to a dance class when I was about 10.

“My husband and son have performed on the Lyceum stage with am dram groups, but I’ve never had the chance.

“When my son performed he was just a boy, and we’d just had our daughter, so I was at home with a small child.”

Sue, deputy manager at St Luke’s Hospice shop in Crystal Peaks, said The Star’s competition went viral within the amateur dramatic community in Sheffield – and she had no hesitation in entering.

“I never thought I would win though,” she said. “When I got the phone call I couldn’t believe it – it’s fantastic.”

Sue and her daughter Jess, 21, enjoyed a tour of the Lyceum before Sue was taught the dance routine for the closing number.

She also met the stars of the show, including Ben Richards, who has appeared in The Bill and Holby City, and former Hear’say singer Noel Sullivan.

Jess, also of Wincobank, said: “Mum was so excited. There is no-one that deserves this more. She has had a really tough year and this is a nice thing to happen to her.”

Sue’s husband Paul, and several of her friends, were in the audience to watch her big moment.

n Rock of Ages is on at the Lyceum until tomorrow. Tickets for the show are £22 to £34 and may be subject to booking fees.