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Souparnika Nair, who got to semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, lands lead role in School of Rock musical

An 11-year-old singing star who reached the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent has landed a lead role in the School of Rock musical show.

Souparnika Nair surged to public attention last year after making it to the latter stages of the national talent competition, wowing judges and audiences along the way.

Now, she has landed the role of Tomika in the stage show adaptation of the 2003 film about a failed musician who becomes a substitute teacher at an uptight elementary private school, eventually turning his class into a rock band.

Souparnika Nair. Picture: Binu Nair. (51145634)
Souparnika Nair. Picture: Binu Nair. (51145634)

Souparnika, formerly of Bury St Edmunds and now living with her mum and dad Binu and Renjitha in Colchester, performed as part of the School of Rock show for the first time on Thursday evening, in Hull.

"It was amazing," she said.

"There were so many people and it was my first musical.

"It was really really loud when the audience clapped."

Souparnika, who is starting at secondary school tomorrow, added: "I want to be a professional singer when I grow up and I want to be singing and learning songs and I want to do more musicals as well."

Binu, who went to the performance on Thursday with Renjitha, said: "Obviously we are very proud and to see her in a musical, we felt really really proud.

"To see her in her first show was really emotional and realising her hard work and the opportunity she has."

Binu said Souparnika got the role through auditioning.

He said of the cast on the show and the performance on Thursday: "They are really hard working and they are learning a lot of new skills and she said (Souparnika) it was an incredible experience."

While the School of Rock show is touring until next August, Souparnika is not going to perform in every show, and will balance schoolwork with acting and singing.

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