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Last Updated: Wednesday August 30 2006 15:37 GMT

I saw the Tracy Beaker musical!

Tracy Beaker

Press Packer Hannah reported for Newsround from the world premiere of the Tracy Beaker musical: Tracy Beaker Gets Real.

In her report she tells us all the backstage gossip and gives us her verdict on the show!

"I was really happy and very excited when I found out I was going to the world premiere of the Tracy Beaker musical.

I love Jacqueline Wilson books and was interested to see how one of my favourite characters, Tracy Beaker, would come to life on stage.

Backstage secrets

Press Packer Hannah
We filmed backstage while all the final rehearsals were taking place.

It was fascinating because I got to see all the secrets about the production like how the set works and what goes on behind-the-scenes.

I realised how hard everyone works. It looks especially hard for Sarah Churm who plays Tracy - she's in so many scenes and has to remember loads of lines and lyrics.

Chatting with the stars

Just before the show began I got to interview Sarah Churm and Jacqueline Wilson, Tracy Beaker's creator.

I was excited to meet Sarah - Tracy is one of my favourite characters and I really wanted to know how it felt to be Tracy while she was performing.

She said she really liked playing Tracy because she was naughty and lively!

My verdict - it's fantastic!

Actress Sarah Churm who plays Tracy Beaker in the musical
The show was great. It was really funny and everyone seemed to love it.

I was sat two seats away from Jacqueline Wilson and she was laughing all the way through. She definitely seemed to be enjoying it.

Sarah Churm was brilliant as Tracy. She's a different actress from the one in the TV series but you quickly believe that she is Tracy Beaker. She's very loud - exactly like Tracy!

I loved all the songs in the show and all the jokes were really funny.

I would definitely recommend it to Tracy Beaker fans - it's a fantastic show."

Hannah, 12, Wickford


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