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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
It is every little girl’s dream to be a princess, and with the help of some pantomime magic it is a wish that came true for nine-year-old Jessica Green.
For the Thorpe St Andrew youngster was the winner of an Evening News and Norwich Theatre Royal competition to be transformed into fairytale royalty for a day, and yesterday she was delighted to be crowned Princess Jessica.
Dressed in a beautifully regal Arabian costume made especially for her by the theatre’s wardrobe department, Princess Jessica enjoyed a right royal tea with actress and pantomime princess Zoe Clarke who is currently starring in the theatre’s production of Aladdin.
“Their royal highnesses” were also joined by some special guests invited by Princess Jessica - her 12-year-old brother Jack Green, mum Sharon Green, and nanny Shirley Waller.
Princess Jessica, who is a pupil at Hillside Avenue Primary School, said: “It is really fun being a princess. My favourite thing is wearing the dress because it is really pretty.”
She said it was brilliant meeting Zoe who she described as her favourite princess, and she also gave Zoe a gift of a colourful flower she had made.
Zoe said she was delighted to meet her fellow princess for afternoon tea.
“Jessica looks beautiful in her outfit, the perfect princess,” she said.
“She just needs to be who she is. She is very pretty, and she has a big smile and sparkly eyes.
“She makes a wonderful princess.”
Also as part of her prize, Princess Jessica was treated to a tour of Zoe’s dressing room, free tickets to watch Aladdin, and a special Aladdin-themed goody bag.
Princess Jessica’s mum Sharon won the prize for her daughter by correctly saying “Princess” was the answer to the competition question “What is the name of the character Zoe Clarke will play in Norwich Theatre Royal’s Aladdin?”
She said: “I just looked in the Evening News and saw the competition and thought it would be lovely for Jessica to win. I think every little girl dreams of being a princess.”
About seeing her daughter dressed as a princess, she said: “I am really proud of her, and she really enjoyed herself.
“Ever since she found out she had won she has been really excited. She has been counting down the days.”
• Aladdin is at Norwich Theatre Royal until Saturday, January 19. For more information and to book tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.
• Do you have a story about the arts in Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org