Sophie, 19, will perform for athletes

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Sophie Guiver is set to act in a show which will be performed to Olympic athletes from all over the world at the London Olympic Games this summer.

Sophie, 19, is a member of the National Youth Theatre and auditioned to win one of 150 places to perform to athletes at the Olympic village.

Sophie, of Irthlingborough, and her colleagues from the National Youth Theatre will also perform in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sophie doesn’t know what the performance will be yet, other than the fact that it will be performed in the Olympic village, so it will be a big show.

She said the National Youth Theatre actors were set to perform an estimated eight shows a day to the teams of athletes for a month at the Olympics, and then for two weeks at the Paralympics.

Sophie said: “It’s an achievement in itself, it’s going to be a big thing.

“I’m incredibly excited about it. It’s a one of a kind experience, it’s just going to be something I love, doing my passion constantly.”

Sophie has been a member of the National Youth Theatre since she was 15-years-old and has appeared in productions in Cornwall and in Shoreditch, London.

She said all of her family, her friends, her colleagues at Asda in Rushden and the drama department at Rushden Community College, where she went to school, had been supportive of her acting and were all pleased to hear about her Olympic spot.

Sophie said: “My mum and dad are really, really happy for me, they are really supportive, and my friends and the drama department at Rushden Community College are really excited for me. Work are really excited for me too.

“It’s something which is different and something I have tried really hard for.”

Sophie is sorting out accommodation for her stay in the capital during the Games and is appealing for sponsors. To offer to help call her on 07411 360229 or email

Other performers who will be taking to the stage at the London Olympics will include dancers from the Kilburn School of Dance in Wellingborough and The Dance Factory in Kettering. Dancers from both schools are set to perform as part of a group of 75 in the closing ceremony of the Games on August 12.

Dancer Amie Brotherton, who lives in Higham Ferrers, has also been chosen to perform in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.