Identical twins who are lucky to be alive are now preparing for their moment of fame.
Shoreham Beach eight-year-olds Amber and Ruby Lightbown have been chosen to appear in Treasure Island, the Ropetackle Arts Centre’s first pantomime.
The girls, of Feversham Close, are excited about appearing on stage for the first time, as they missed out on being in their school show at Shoreham Beach Primary in the summer.
Mum Jennie Tindall explained they had to pull out of the show because of a family holiday to Florida.
“They were really cross and I felt so guilty that when I saw the auditions advertised, I encouraged them to go for it.”
They had to learn and perform a group dance at the auditions, organised by Caroline Head from LP Creatives.
Amber and Ruby were lucky enough to be among the 24 children chosen for the performances, which will be at the Roptackle from Sunday, December 23, to Saturday, December 29.
They will both be in team A taking part in six performances as sailors, pirates and tropical island inhabitants, with team B taking the roles in the remaining six performances.
“I did say it is either both or neither because it is too stressful if you only take one of them,” said Jennie. “I was worried it would jeapordise their chances but luckily it didn’t.”
One of the Friends of Ropetackle, Jennie was delighted to see a panto coming to the arts centre and she hoped it would become a regular feature.
She said the girls, who are keen Badgers with St John Ambulance, had been born three months’ premature, with Ruby weighing only 1lb 11oz and Amber 1lb 12oz.
Ruby nearly died several times, having incurred a serious infection, and spent her first six months in hospital.
“They have done really well since,” added Jennie, and were now very independent girls.