An East Yorkshire theatre school is to support a number of local children who dream of becoming “the next big thing” by launching a full scholarship scheme.
Over the years Northern Lights Drama (NLD) has supported pupils to secure leading roles in global TV series with Disney, Netflix, in feature films, television series, commercials and theatre, including hit London West End shows.
NLD is now looking for the local stars of the future and is inviting children from across the region to apply for one of six full scholarships it has available.
Tilly Miller, principal at NLD, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to nurturing local talent we are thrilled to be awarding six full scholarships to talented young people so they have the opportunity to train with us for free.
“High-quality performing arts tuition can be extremely costly. The launch of our scholarship scheme will mean we can open up access to training and the industry by removing some of the financial barriers it presents.”
Scholarships applications are open to children aged six to 18 years and will provide a year’s free tuition (over 100 hours) at NLD’s Saturday Stage School, worth £819 per year.
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Successful applicants will also have exclusive access to castings, professional opportunities, industry support, guidance and management.
Tilly said: “There’s a huge pool of talent across Hull and East Yorkshire. We’re keen to receive applications from all across the city.
“You don’t need to be an experienced performer to apply. We’re looking for young people with raw talent, potential and a passion for performing who we can look to support in to the industry.”
NLD pupil Lillie Babb, eight, said: “I started Northern Lights Drama when I was three years old.
“I would love to be a professional performer when I’m older and there are so many exciting opportunities at NLD – I recently got to star on CBBC, which was so much fun.”
Oliver Sweeting, ten, said: “I’ve just finished filming for an exciting project. Being on a film set was the best experience ever.”