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Charlotte's world of wonder on stage.

A DREAM has finally come true for a Teesside girl who longed to perform on the stage.

Charlotte Smith, who has Type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease, won pounds 10,000 from The Bayer Diabetes Care Dream Fund to give her the chance of staging a musical.

Charlotte's dream became a reality when her dance school, Thornton Academy, performed Alice in Wonderland at Middlesbrough Theatre.

Charlotte, who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six, the same year she began dancing, appeared as Tweedle Dum.

The Nunthorpe School pupil, now aged 12, from Marton, has never let her diabetes hold her back.

Charlotte controls the condition with insulin injections and dances up to six days a week.

The coeliac disease means she cannot eat rye, wheat or barley.

Charlotte's favourite musicals are Wicked, Oliver, and Oklahoma.

Her ambition is to one day perform on the West End stage in London.


MAGICAL: Charlotte Smith, left and above, as Tweedle Dum, with Tweedle Dee pal Rhiannon Gibson, on far left, and below with mum Linda, on right, and Sue Thornton. Inset, how we told her story Pictures by DOUG MOODY Go online to see more pictures from Charlotte's show
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2009
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