A RUNCORN mum is proving it’s never to late to follow your dreams after she landed a starring role in a hit musical.
Rachel Kirkbride, of Sandymoor, only took up amateur theatre last year after finally plucking up the courage to take her singing voice from the pub karaoke machine to the stage.
The 39-year-old is a former midwife and now tests the hearing of newly-born babies at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
But by night she indulges a lifelong passion, musical theatre, with Zodiac Amateur Operatic Society in Frodsham.
Next week she will take on the role of Miss Adelaide in the society’s performance of Guys And Dolls at The Brindley Arts Centre (see The Guide, page 38).
Rachel said: “I’ve always loved watching musicals and singing.
“But as far as performing goes I was only ever seen occasionally on Karaoke after a few too many wines!
“Last year I joined Zodiac as a bit of a hobby but never dreamed that a year later I would be about to appear at The Brindley for five nights in one of the lead roles!
“I only wish I had chosen to ‘trip the light fantastic’ at a much earlier age than I did!” Rachel’s achievements have already won the approval of daughter Grace, seven, and inspired her to take up performing arts.
But 12-year-old son Jack is keeping his cards much closer to his chest!
Rachel said: “Grace joins in when I’m rehearsing my songs and dance routines at home.
“She has a beautiful voice and loves singing so much that she’s joined Glenda Hill Theatre Works so that she can also be on stage like mummy in the future!
“Jack moans at me singing when I’m cooking the tea but that’s just normal pre-teen behaviour.
“Secretly he’s proud, I think, and helps me learn my lines – in fact he does a mean NewYork accent now!”