‘Oliver’ sisters ready for more

Romy and Anya
Romy and Anya
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Sisters Romy and Anya Philips have fulfilled the dreams of many grown up performers by taking part in the Edinburgh Festival.

The Maddiston Primary pupils were among the youngest members of the cast of Captivate Drama’s production of Oliver which took place at Broughton High
School.

Romy (10) and nine-year-old Anya auditioned for the show earlier this year, and after an intensive workshop and call backs, they were delighted to be among just 20 youngsters chosen to be part of Fagin’s gang, as well as playing the children in the workhouse.

Anya also had a solo part during one of the numbers.

Mum Fiona said: “They only rehearsed for ten days - they were full day rehearsals in Edinburgh so it was tiring for them.

“Their dad Stuart works away so he wasn’t able to see the show unfortunately.

“They made lots of new friends.

“I was really proud of them - I don’t think they realise how big a thing it is to be part of the Edinburgh
Festival.”

Aspiring gymnast Romy said: “We went to see Les Mis by the same company last year so we were really excited to be in the show this
year.

“It was fun doing all the rehearsals on the stage where the show was going to be.”

Anya, who dreams of being a ballerina, said: “It was really exciting, I loved having a microphone!”

As well as dancing with Central Scotland Ballet School (CSBS), the girls are also members of Falkirk Operatic Society and Falkirk Children’s Theatre.

Anya has also just won a place at Scottish Ballet.

The pair are not the only talented youngsters in the household - sisters Iana (8), Emmy (6) and Aela (4) are also no strangers to the stage, with Iana along with Romy being part of Linlithgow School of Gymnastics’ competition squad, while both Emmy and Aela dance with CSBS.