YOU could say that young singer Rhianna Burnage is taking the short cut to theatre stardom.
For as student and music teacher Rhianna prepares to make her debut with Sheffield’s Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society she has decided to go for a crop – and support a good cause!
Rhianna, who lives in Upperthorpe and is studying for a degree in music and modern languages with the Open University as well as studying with the famous Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, had not had her hair cut since the age of four, leaving her with a mane that trailed to her knees.
But when she joined the chorus of Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s forthcoming production of classic operetta The Yeomen of the Guard she decided it was time to opt for a much more manageable bob.
And the hair that was once her pride and joy is now being donated to The Little Princess Trust , the organisation that provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.
“It was just one of those spur of the moment decision but one that I’m glad I took,” Rhianna explained.
“It was a night when I couldn’t sleep so I was browsing on the internet and found the Little Princess website.
“My mum had cancer a couple of years ago so it’s a subject that’s close to the family.
“When I looked more closely I realised I had enough hair to make two full wigs so I made an appointment straight away and came out with much shorter hair and two full plaits to send to the Little Princess Trust.”
Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society present classic operetta The Yeomen of the Guard at the Merlin Theatre, Meadowbank Road, Nether Edge, from April 10 to 13. For tickets call 0114 2363797 or visit doregass.weebly.com/tickets.html