February 2018: West End beckons for Charlie

DREAMS of a career in the theatre are a step closer for one of our students, Charlie Morris after she successfully auditioned for a place at a prestigious drama school.

In September, Charlie, 16, from Bacup, will start at MADD – Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama – in Nottingham on a three year course.

Charlie has attended lots of different classes at Dansworks Dance Academy in Bacup for about nine years and also helps out as a teaching assistant.

Charlie said: “I went to the audition and there were about 30 people. I had to do a dance workshop, a dance solo, a singing solo and recite a monologue.

“It was really hard but I enjoyed it. You have got to be a triple threat – they are looking for someone who can do everything to be successful and they are looking for all-rounders.

“Three days after the audition I was contacted to say I had a place. There are another four auditions to be held and only around 40 people will get a place.

“My ambition is to be on the West End stage or to work on the cruise ships.”

Charlie is hoping to secure a scholarship to help with costs because the course is £3,000 a term with accommodation on top.

She said: “I come from a musical family and my parents are really supportive and want me to succeed.

“When I am on stage I can express myself and I just love it. I get a buzz out of performing and I feel like all my hard work has paid off.”

Charlie secured a place in West Side Story in Buxton and has twice successfully been selected for places with the English Youth Ballet.