AMATEUR actress Jessica Boulton is hoping a West End star will watch her next show in Doncaster after she helped her towards a dream duet.
Trainee hairdresser Jessica, aged 20, from Cadeby, has invited celebrity Jodie Prenger to come to watch her, after Jessica was plucked from her day job at the Panache hair salon on Main Street, Sprotbrough, and handed the chance to sing with former EastEnders actress and Eurovision contestant Samantha Womack.
Their rendition of the song In Love With A Wonderful Guy, from South Pacific, was shown on prime time television on Saturday evening.
Former Northcliffe School and Danum School pupil Jessica was invited on to former Dr Who star John Barrowman’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ show after her dad, Ian, wrote in telling producers how she had helped her mum, Diane, after she suffered a serious injury while on holiday in Devon.
The programme offers amateur singers who have performed good deeds the chance to sing with a star on television.
Before she was asked on to the programme, Jessica was visited at the salon where she works by West End star Jodie, who pretended she was filming a documentary about a former career as a hairdresser, before surprising her by telling her she was about to hit the small screen.
Jodie supported her through her rehearsals for her television appearance, and now Jessica is hoping she will come and see her when she performs at Doncaster Civic Theatre in November.
Jessica has been cast as Nancy in the Phoenix Theatre Company’s production of Oliver. Jodie was selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber to perform the same role in his West End version of the show after winning the television talent show I’d Do Anything.
Jessica said: “I was completely and utterly in shock when Jodie told me I was going to sing on television.
“I always get an adrenaline rush when I go on stage, but I don’t remember much about how I felt before going on to sing with Samantha - I really don’t remember much from before I went on!
“But I do remember I was treated like a princess.
“I never expected to sing on television, and it was a great surprise.
“While I was there I invited Jodie to come and see our production of Oliver. I’m always nervous before a show and I think you need those nerves. But if Jodie does come to watch, I think I’ll be even more nervous than usual!”
Her boss from Panache, Tracy Hunt, said the stunt set up to tell Jessica she was going to perform her duet was great fun for the staff.
She said: “It was fantastic. All of us from the salon went down to see her film her song in Manchester. We met John Barrowman and he was lovely.”