Margate teenager clinches musical role with top cruise line

Madeleine Doody has secured a 12 month contract Photo David Shackle

Margate student, Madeleine Doody, has secured her dream role of Frenchy in ‘Grease’ on-board Royal Caribbean’s ‘Independence of the Seas’.

The 18-year-old clinched the role just a few weeks before graduating from Kent’s JGH Academy of Theatre Arts.

Following a successful audition Madeleine enrolled at JGH Academy in September 2021 to complete her A Level’s in Musical Theatre alongside professional training in singing, dancing and acting. She has since signed with a theatrical agent and secured a 12 month contract with the world’s top cruise line as a leading lady, ahead of graduating with a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.

Photo David Shackle

Madeleine began her dance education with Page Mason School of Dance and Drama in Broadstairs and was incredibly successful on the competition circuit with Thanet’s Wisewood Dance School.

The former Chatham and Clarendon students has appeared in many professional pantomimes at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and spent the past two seasons in the Ensemble of the Malthouse Theatre Pantomime, covering the roles of Cinderella and Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

She went through a week’s worth of intense auditions to secure the cruise line job, which included a mixture of dance, acting and singing calls in various styles.

You can find out more about JGH Academy and the three full time courses they offer at or across all social media platforms @JGHCanterbury.

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