A MOLD student is looking forward to a Fairytale Christmas as she takes on the main role of a festive performance.

Millie Roberts will tread the boards in the Gingerbread House and other fantastical locations in the make-believe Grimm City in Hansel and Gretel Fairytale Detectives at Theatr Clwyd.

The former Maes Garmon student will be performing with 20 other actors, both professionals and from the local community, and she will take on the leading role of Gretel, which means two shows on Christmas Eve and on most days until January 6.

She said: "Gretel runs the Fairytale Detectives with her brother Hansel. I have a lot of freedom with the character and, with direction from Joe Bunce (who is also the show’s writer), am able to ad-lib and insert my own little jokes at the right time. Playing to large audiences is a wonderful confidence boost and it’s great to be standing in front of people doing what I love."

Millie is now at LIPA Sixth Form College in Liverpool and wants to make a career in the entertainment industry. She has been acting for a long time, doing Saturday workshops from a young age and as a member of the theatre’s new Company 25, she acted in the outdoor show Tails at Coed Moel Famau last summer.

She added: "I’m playing a child who is a detective. It’s a part with its challenges; I have to play the boss and act with authority over the professional actors in the show. The role takes me back to when I was that age, with fantastic ideas of being a super-sleuth. I’m looking forward to a special Christmas with the Fairytale Detectives and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else."