Young singing sensations Eliza Jones and Brady Isaacs Pearce will be making the trip of a lifetime at the end of the month when they head off to the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to perform in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Misérables.

Eliza, 9, and Brady, 10, are both from Bushey Heath and attend the same Saturday morning theatre group, Sticks and Stones, at St Peter’s Church.

Having auditioned among some 80 other hopeful young girls, Eliza and Brady were both delighted to hear they had been selected. Eliza will play Cosette and Brady takes on the role of Eponine and will understudy for Cosette. Lindsey Runnette, director of Sticks and Stones, says she was overjoyed to hear the news.

“I have taught both the girls since they were the age of four and five, not only theatre but also as their singing teacher, I was so delighted to get that call and I’m so proud of them both.”

The trip to Paris starts during the last week of May when they will spend six weeks, popping home once a week for a two-day rest. There are four teams going to Paris, each consisting of a young Cosette, Eponine and Gavroche, who will perform alongside the show’s stars John Owen-Jones (Jean Valjean), Earl Carpenter (Javert) and Gareth Gates (Marius).

When they are not performing, the girls will be spending their time sightseeing with trips planned to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Palace of Versailles, plus a day out at Disneyland Paris.

Eliza, who attends Ashfield School, has previously appeared as Alice, in Alice in Wonderland and Iago the Parrot in Aladdin. Brady, a pupil at Bushey Heath Primary School, played Fluffy, one of the ducklings, in HONK. Both will be appearing in the summer production of Annie.

Eliza’s mum Liz says her daughter is pleased to be performing alongside Gareth Gates whom she met while rehearsing for the show in Edinburgh.

“Eliza likes Gareth because like him she has a bit of a stutter and that’s why she started singing. Her 12-year-old sister Laura is at Sticks and Stones too and she’s got into Mill Hill County High on a music place. They’re both always singing and my husband does a mean karaoke.”

Hearing Eliza and Brady sing Castle on a Cloud, it’s easy to see why they’ve been chosen, their voices have a maturity that belies their youth. However, they will be making the trip to Paris without their parents and for Liz it’s been a tough call.

“Obviously I’m ecstatic for Eliza but she’s never done anything like this before. You don’t expect something like this to happen to a normal little girl.

“One of the chaperones came over to our house which was very reassuring and Edinburgh was a bit of a trial run. Eliza and Brady are very good friends anyway. As parents we’re always going to be concerned but for the children it’s just a big adventure.”

The Paris shows run from Wednesday, May 26 to Sunday, July 4. Details:

Sticks and Stones Theatre workshops runs on a Saturday morning for age 4–12 years and Tuesday at 5.30pm for secondary school-age children. Details: 07958 511889,