Sunday, November 01, 2015

Huddersfield Theatre Student Claudia Burns Set To Star In Nick Jr. UK's "Shimmer And Shine"

Young Huddersfield theatre student Claudia Burns is all set to shine on Nick Jr. UK!

The 13-year-old from Netherton is a voice actress at Nickelodeon UK, and is currently recording the voice for 'Leah', a central character in Nickelodeon's magical brand-new animated preschool series "Shimmer and Shine", set to premiere on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's top-performing preschool channel, on Monday 9th November 2015.

And that's just part of an exciting schedule for Claudia, who is at theatre school in London.

Now in her third year at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Claudia went to The Mount school in Edgerton and was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society's young voices section, going on to become a soloist.

Proud mum Cheryl Burns said: "Claudia takes it all in her stride."

Everything changed after Claudia went to Sylvia Young's for a holiday school. "She came back and said: 'I want to go to school there'," said Mrs Burns.

L-R: Leah, with Tala, Shimmer, Shine and Nahal in Nick Jr. UK's "Shimmer and Shine"

She auditioned and her application was one of only 16 accepted out of more than 2,000.

Claudia is now studying ballet, dance, acting and singing as well as academic subjects.

"We are proud of what she is doing, but whatever your child shows an aptitude for you support them as much as you can," said Mrs Burns.

Claudia herself is loving her time in the capital.

"London is like my second home now," she said. "I didn't like it at first but now I love it. It is so much fun. I go shopping all the time.

"And I loved the school right from the start. But I'm still deciding as to what I want to focus on."

Pictured: L-R: Gina Giant, Ogre Doug, Wally, Norville, Libby Light Sprite, Bobgoblin in WALLYKAZAM! on Nickelodeon. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Claudia's voice can also be heard in Nick Jr. UK's "Wallykazam!", in which she voices 'Libby Light Sprite'. The young actress has also appeared in a John Lewis TV advertisement.

In Nickelodeon's brand-new animated preschool series, preschoolers will enter a whimsical genie world full of magic, music and misadventures! The series (20 episodes) follows twin genies-in-training, Shimmer and Shine, who grant wishes for their friend Leah that lead to surprising mishaps - but the trio always figures out a way to make the mistakes turn out great.

"Shimmer and Shine" features a social-emotional curriculum highlighting the importance of teamwork, resilience and overcoming obstacles. The series is created by Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz (post-production supervisor for "Dora the Explorer", "Go, Diego, Go!") and produced at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California.

"Shimmer and Shine" premieres on Monday 9th November 2015 at 4:30pm on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland. (repeated at 5:30pm on Nick Jr. +1)

Online at, parents and children can discover fun creative activities, find out more about "Shimmer and Shine" and the characters in the show, as well watch clips from the show.

Original source: Huddersfield Examiner.
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