What The Critics Say About Jemma...
"Jemma Carlisle’s Cinderella is gorgeous, doll-like and has a sweet lilt to her singing."
The Stage, December 2013
"She's the title character, the girl who suffers through no fault of her own before finding true love and happiness. But Jemma Carlisle as Cinderella in this year's Paul Hendy-Bob Golding production at the Alban Arena, St Albans' multi-purpose entertainment centre, has to compete with singing star Gareth Gates as Prince Charming. I'm happy to report that it's a draw... Carlisle also sings well and projects a sweet personality which refuses to be corrupted under provocation."
Whats On Stage, December 2013.
"Cinderella was played by Jemma Carlisle. It's the first time I have seen her, although she has played at this venue before. She is very pretty , with a lovely voice, and was perfectly cast as a naive Cinderella, who doesn't have a mean bone in her body. In the scene where she goes to the Ball, two beautiful white ponies were on stage with her, enthralling the audience as they stood there quietly apparently unfazed by the lights and the noise."
Wikinut, December 2013.
"Cinderella was played by Jemma Carlisle, returning to St Albans after her success last year as the leading lady. Although still very young her fabulous voice and confident stage presence means that she more than holds her own in the strong cast."
Herts Advertiser, December 2013.
"We also see the welcome return of Jemma Carlisle who plays Princess Jasmine. Jemma is obviously a very talented performer with a great singing voice, so it's a shame that she isn't more utilised in the show but such are the limitations of the panto genre."
All About St Albans
"Returning for a second year, Jemma Carlisle is a charming leading lady, who navigates the madness with serenity and a terrific singing voice."
"In her second year as St Albans’s Principal Girl, Jemma Carlisle is a delightful Princess Jasmine"
British Theatre Guide
"Snow White herself is played by Jemma Carlisle as a princess with dignity as well as the common touch; she also sings and dances very well."
What's On Stage
"Jemma Carlisle’s Snow White is a pretty Principal Girl and along with David McGranaghan as her Prince Charming the two draw the audience in with their touching romance. Their duets are full of emotion and tenderness"
British Theatre Guide
"Jemma Carlisle brought Snow White to life without ever veering into saccharin sweetness, her innocence endearing instead of annoying"
"But one cast member has a very nice voice indeed. Young actress Jemma Carlisle sings beautifully and makes a very charming and winsome Wendy" Yorkshire Post
"Jemma Carlisle is a very talented singer and actress who is excellent in the role of Wendy and is surely destined for a bright future"
Hull Daily Mail
"Jemma Carlisle as Alice was able to command the attention of the audience as well as being genuinely funny and gifted with a great voice. If any young performer in the Country deserves to make it to superstar status, I have a feeling that it might just be her"
Jemma made her professional debut at the age of seven playing Victoria Larkin in ‘The Darling Buds of May’. A year later she played Judy in ‘Babes in the Wood’, the first of 20 pantomimes! Theatre credits include: Annie in ‘Annie’ (UK No 1 & International Tour); Wendy in ‘Peter Pan The Musical’ (Malaysia); Monday in ‘Thursday’s Child’ (Sadler’s Wells); ‘The Life Of Riley’ (Covent Garden Theatre Museum); Alice in ‘Alice In Wonderland’ (UK Tour); Cosima in ‘Adore – The Musical’ (Rosemary Branch Theatre); ‘Wish Upon A Star’ (Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham); Gretl in ‘The Sound Of Music’ (Lincoln Theatre Royal); Principal Singer in ‘Encore – A Tribute To The Musicals’ (UK Tour); Yum Yum in ‘The Hot Mikado’ (Trinity Arts); Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ (Hull New Theatre); Cinderella in ‘Cinderella’ (Alban Arena & Skegness Embassy Theatre); Alice in ‘Dick Whittington’ (Manchester & The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil); Sleeping Beauty (South Holland Centre) and Principal girl in Snow White, Aladdin and Jack and the Beanstalk (Evolution - Alban Arena) not forgetting Dick Whittington for Evolution at The Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (2015/16).
TV Credits include: The Life and Times of William Palmer (Yorkshire TV); Poirot (ITV); Cinderella of the Cities (Finland), Commercials and a Reality Internet Series of ‘Adore’, which follows the journey of opening a new musical in London.
Recording Credits include: Thursday’s Child Songbook (released by UNICEF); Alice in Wonderland, Rock Toyz and Absolutely (Original Cast Recordings).
Jemma recently played Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Alice in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (London) and Kim in the comedy ‘Starting Tomorrow’ (London). She also sings with ‘The Wild Tonics’ a 1920s Old Hollywood Vocal Trio.
Jemma is delighted to be playing ‘Alice’ at the wonderful Marlowe Theatre Canterbury in the 2016/17 pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’
Jemma trained at Redroofs Theatre School and the MSA. She also teaches at and runs her own Theatre School in Lincolnshire.
Annie - National Tour - Reviews
"Jemma Carlisle as Annie steals the show. All credit to her because it takes some stealing and her success is a tribute to her talents which include singing, dancing, and acting her heart out." The Stage
"The amazing vocals of Jemma Carlisle brought the role of Annie to life" Derry Journal
"Young Jemma Carlisle with her powerful voice has the demanding role of Annie, she seems so relaxed and at ease in the part, as if born to it" Gloucestershire Echo
"Jemma Carlisle brings a great naturalness and charm to Annie in a role that could otherwise be unbearably saccharine" Coventry Echo
"Jemma Carlisle’s belter of a voice and simple charm, nicely measured, makes her an appealing heroine. She is extremely able in acting singing and dancing" Southsea Times