It’s one Shrek of a role for Freya!

Freya Nicholls and her classmates at Stagecoach
Freya Nicholls and her classmates at Stagecoach
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Budding young starlet Freya Nicholls is about to get her big break - three times over.

The nine-year-old actress from Croston, near Chorley, has landed not one but three roles in Shrek The Musical.

She will be treading the boards at Manchester’s Palace Theatre alongside a wise-cracking donkey, a host of fairytale characters and the big green ogre himself, as the story of the blockbuster animated film is told through song and dance on stage.

Freya won the comedy parts in the touring production, which opens in Manchester on December 2 and runs until January 11, after impressing producers during her audition.

She was competing against scores of other youngsters and will feature in the roles of Young Fiona as well as Young Shrek and Grumpy along with other students and stars of the stage from the Stagecoach theatre school, where she has been a pupil since she was five.

Kate Parkinson, principal of both Stagecoach Chorley and Preston theatre schools, said: “We are delighted that Freya is performing in such a fabulous show.

“She has trained incredibly hard at our weekend classes for the past four years and this is a great award for her efforts, and a wonderful platform for her to show off her talent.”

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical tells the story of an unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing, love-sick dragon. Alongside Freya, the all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza stars Dean Chisnall as the much-loved swamp-dwelling ogre Shrek, the role he previously played in the West End, Faye Brookes as damsel in distress Princess Fiona, Idriss Kargbo as Shrek’s sidekick Donkey and Gerard Carey as pint-sized villain Lord Farquaad.

The show features all new songs, as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer.