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By Warwick Payne
The Romsey Advertiser
November 13, 2011

When it comes to making your name in ballet, two siblings from Winchester seemed to have ‘cracked’ it. Lowri and Rowan Shone will both take centre stage in the English National Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

The show choreographed by Wayne Eagling will be playing at the London Coliseum throughout the Christmas period.

It is the second year running that 15-year-old Lowri has been cast as Clara in Tchaikovsky’ festive favourite. But this time her 12-year-old brother Rowan will be playing the leading role of Fritz. He had a small role in the show last year, but this will be their first time dancing together in the West End limelight.

Both siblings are students at Tring Park performing arts school in Hertfordshire. A statement from the school said: “This is the first time Tring Park has ever had a brother and sister play these key roles. “Indeed it may also be the first time these roles have ever been performed by a real-life brother and sister.”

Before heading there to study, they learned their skills at the Sally Stanyard School of Dance in Bereweeke Road, Winchester.

They are not the only dancers in the Shone family, who live at the Worthy Down army base near Winchester. Siblings Rhys, 17, and Nadja, 11 are also involved as well.

The Nutcracker will be at the London Coliseum from Thursday, December 8 to Friday, December 30.

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