Island Life Magazine Ltd February/March 2007 - Page 26

life - INTERVIEW Barbara Walter... she sang and danced her way to the Isle of Wight VOICE coach Barbara Walter is one of the Island’s hidden treasures. Her name might not be instantly familiar but she has spent a lifetime in the theatrical business performing and teaching. As one of the founding members of the Shanklin Stagecoach theatre group, scores of children have passed through her hands including the Island’s own West End star Laura Michelle Kelly. Some of Barbara’s earliest memories are ones of singing. “My father used to have card games round the house and he would come and get me out of bed to sing to his friends. “I’d be half asleep singing songs. It was good though as they all used to throw in a sixpence.” Barbara was born in Cardiff, Wales. Her father was from Barbara pictured as principal girl in Adam Faith’s first pantomime. Wimbledon Theatre 1960 26 Island Life - www.isleofwight.net