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Byline: BEN BUTLER Daily Post Reporter

A Conwy schoolgirl has landed a dream role in a West End production of an F Scott Fitzgerald book.

Hero Douglas, 17, from Capel Curig, sailed through the audition organised by the Ruby in the Dust Theatre company , to secure the part of one of the lead characters in the The Last Tycoon, Cecilia Brady, later this month.

The Last Tycoon is the final novel written by F Scott Fitzgerald who died before he completed his study of Hollywood in its heyday.

Mum Alice said the play was an amazing opportunity for Hero, an accomplished harpist, composer and opera singer.

She told the Daily Post: "It all started when Hero went on an opera course at the beginning of the summer which was screened on Italian TV.

"I posted a clip of her performing on Facebook and Linnie Reedman, who is the director of the Ruby in the Dust Theatre Company, invited her for an audition.

"Days later, Hero was told she has been successful.

"It really is an amazing opportunity for her and she's just over the moon about it."

Hero, a pupil at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen in Caernarfon, is now rehearsing before the play starts, which includes dancing work and playing the harp.

The Last Tycoon is a final, poignant farewell to the Great American Dream - a bittersweet love affair set in a never-never land: 1930s - The Golden Age of Hollywood.

The story follows Monroe Stahr's (played by Simon Victor) rise to power in Hollywood, and his conflicts with rival Pat Brady a man desperate to kill Monroe's dreams and even the man himself.

And the story is part told through the eyes of Pat Brady's daughter - Cecilia - played by Hero.

Alice added: "Hero just can't wait - she is so excited to be playing such a leading role.

"She is a little nervous though as she has the monologue at the start and end of the play."

The European Premiere of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon opens at the Arts Theatre in the West End of London on Wednesday, August 17.


17-yearold actress Hero Douglas will be appearing in London's West End

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Aug 10, 2016
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