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"Later in this act Charlie-Jade Jones gets to build on her already emotionally intense performance as Iola Stover." Greg Stewart, Theatre Weekly
Born in Warwickshire in the Midlands, Charlie-Jade is a British Singer & Actress who graduated in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015. She recently played the role of Iola Stover in a 5* reviewed revival of Jason Robert Brown's Tony Award Winning Musical, 'Parade'.
Prior to any formal training, Charlie-Jade grew up watching Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals with her Grandparents and used to help her Mum and Dad out with the cleaning whilst giving them nightly performances, sweeping the lounge floor singing Castle On A Cloud from Les Mis and Tomorrow from Annie . These evening performances led to her pleading to have her piano lessons turned into singing lessons (as long as she didn't have to do 'silly exercises' and could sing Disney songs). Fast-forward six years and Charlie-Jade (and family) are living in Paris and she is having lessons with a classical soprano...whilst (much to her teachers dismay) constantly straying from the classical path exploring the fun and exciting world of musical theatre. At fifteen she was given her first role in a 'proper musical', playing the naughty school girl 'Jools' in Adrian Mole The Musical with Paris company 'The International Players'. At sixteen, she was was offered a place to further her studies in classical singing as one of ten musicians on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course. Whilst there, along side performing as the solo soprano at Winchester Cathedral and exploring operatic soprano roles including Gretel in Hansel & Gretel and Micaela in Carmen, she was still straying off the path and found that practicing 'See I'm Smiling' from The Last 5 Years was much more fun than Purcell's 'Sound The Trumpet' - looking back now, it was and is a lovely tune and she has no harsh feelings towards Purcell.
Charlie-Jade completed her A Levels as well as her time on the HSMC and went off to London to study a BMus in Classical Singing. This all went to plan and she enjoyed her first role in training, Gianetta in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers. However, something was missing. A short time later, Charlie-Jade made the brave/stupid but best decision of her life to bring the comedy masterpiece, Mister Snow from Carousel into class. She was informed 'musical theatre is absolutely not an acceptable form of repertoire to be working on' and was subsequently handed a piece of Mozart - a lovely aria but once again, it was a case of her heart wanting to do the absolute opposite of what her head told her to do. This time, she followed her heart. This led to the best year of her life on the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music.
After graduating from the RAM, Charlie-Jade joined the cast of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular as a soprano and soloist. She has since enjoyed performing in a varied selection of theatre and concerts including recently, heading back to her classical roots but this time with comedy, as the Soprano & Lead Actor/Singer in the Fingask Follies UK Tour performing music from Lakme and La Traviata (with comedic twists) as well as performing the classic Victoria Wood sketch 'Let's Do It'. In 2016 Charlie-Jade played the title role in Red Riding Hood in one of London's original stunning music halls, Hoxton Hall after taking an Ensemble role in the 5* reviewed State Fair at Cadogan Hall directed by Thom Southerland. Charlie-Jade has been a vocalist for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as well as a solo singer in the concert Curtain Up at the Prince Edward Theatre (Current home to Aladdin!) Whilst at the Royal Academy of Music, Charlie-Jade was thrilled to be given some truly marvellous roles to play including, 'Lynette Squeaky Fromme' in Sondheim's Assassins, directed by Sam Yates. 'Miss Snow' in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, directed by Ken Caswell, and 'Dot' in a workshop of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Jeremy Sams - a role which she dreams of playing professionally one day...