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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Ulverston drama student receives offer from Italia Conti Academy in London

AN aspiring actress has her eyes firmly set on the West End stage after landing a place at a prestigious drama school.

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DELIGHTED Drama and theatre studies student Alice Stephens from Ulverston Victoria High School, who has been offered a place at the prestigious drama school Italia Conti, in London. Inset: Alice’s drama teacher at UVHS, Colynne Hicks ref: LINDSEY DICKINGS 50045657B000/50045657B004

Alice Stephens, a sixth form student at Ulverston Victoria High School, is delighted after being offered a place at the Italia Conti Academy in London.

It is the world’s oldest theatre arts training school, founded in 1911, and its former students, including Russell Brand, Martine McCutcheon and Naomi Campbell, have gone on to become household names.

The 18-year-old, from Ulverston, says she cannot wait to take up her place at the high-profile school in September.

She added: “I was over the moon when I found out. I feel blessed to be accepted at such a prestigious school.”

Miss Stephens says she is not sure exactly where the experience will take her but her passion for performing meant drama school was the obvious choice for her.

She said: “I just want to be on the stage – I don’t know what is going to come up.”

The most intriguing aspect for her, she says, is being able to develop her skills and try her hand at new things.

The A-level student added: “They bring out sides of you that you haven’t tried before. Something I have always wanted to do is comedy.

“I would also love to do screen acting and West End. There is so much I want to do.”

Miss Stephens added that she owed much of her success to a number of people who have helped her over the years.

She said: “I would like to thank Nicola and Michelle Stephenson, at her dance school in Ulverston, Christine Jamieson, my dance and teacher at school, and my singing teacher Deborah Milledge.”

She also had high praise for head of drama at UVHS Colynne Hicks, who she said had given her a lot of help to get to where she is now.

Miss Hicks said: “I am so proud of Alice – she is just a fantastic student. She has worked so hard for this and everyone at UVHS is so proud of her.”

The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts offers a wide variety of courses, including acting, singing, performing arts, and performance arts with teacher training.

Have your say

alice I could not go for the introduction day as I was ill.i wonder if you know if there was a list of rooms maybe available or if anyone is looking to share,would be greatly appreciated if you could help .Ashley Quinn 18 years old and I have been awarded a dada for 3 years.thanks

Posted by ashley quinn on 21 June 2013 at 12:16

Well done, Alice. You obviously have talent and I hope you go on to prove that you can leave a small town and achieve your dreams if you have the confidence to do so. Good luck.

Posted by Lianne on 18 March 2013 at 16:36

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