BGT semi-finalist Souparnika in lead role in School of Rock on tour
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A young singing sensation - who made it to the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent - is performing in a lead role in hit musical School of Rock.
Souparnika Nair, 11, who went to Sebert Wood Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, is playing Tomika in School of Rock's UK tour, which started this week in Hull and will come to Ipswich.
The youngster, who now lives in Colchester and attends Colchester County High School for Girls, stole the hearts of judges on Britain's Got Talent (BGT) in 2020.
Her dad Binu Nair, a doctor at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, described yesterday's School of Rock show in Hull - which featured his daughter's first appearance - as "amazing".
He said: "She always said this is like a dream opportunity, especially to be in a West End show and on a tour going to different places. She is excited to perform."
Binu said he and Souparnika's mum Renjitha were so proud of their daughter, adding: "There's lots of hard work involved in this and this is her first big West End musical."
The school girl will also be continuing her studies during the tour - that comes to Ipswich in February 2022 - so she will not be in every show.
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Souparnika revealed singing talent from an early age and began performing publicly at the age of six, including appearances at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre and the Norfolk County Music Festival.
She has also sung on BBC Radio as part of BBC Music Introducing, which is a platform for undiscovered talent.
She was also included in a list of 30 inspiring Suffolk people under the age of 30 by this newspaper.
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