Dancing all the way to Broadway.
I'm passionate about musical theatre and need this opportunity to be professionally trained
- Hayley Sharples, pictured left
A REDCAR student is Broadway bound after being offered a chance to study in a "Fame" style New York performing arts academy.
Hayley Sharples, 21, of Mersey Road, Redcar, has won a two year place at the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
Like the 1980s film and TV series "Fame", AMDA - with campuses in New York and Hollywood - provides musical theatre training in singing, acting and dance, along with acting training for film and TV.
Hayley has been offered a place on an "integrated programme" specialising in musical theatre.
She has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship towards the annual pounds 30,000 tuition fees.
But visa restrictions mean she will be unable to work in America to help fund her college fees, so she is now hoping for sponsorship from local firms or organisations.
Hayley recently completed a degree in performing arts at Cumbria Institute of the Arts.
She also spent the summer in Disneyland Paris, where she was involved in dancing in parades at the theme park.
She said: "I've danced from an early age, attending Queensland Academy in Redcar, where I help to teach when I'm back home.
"I am really excited about embarking on my new adventure on Broadway, as I'm passionate about musical theatre and need this opportunity to be professionally trained so I can pursue my dream to become a successful performer."
Hayley has been involved in many projects across the region, including the National Youth Music Theatre and a musical which premiered at the Sage in Gateshead.
And it was on a trip to New York to celebrate her 21st birthday that she decided to audition for AMDA, which includes Cagney and Lacey star Tyne Daly among its graduates.
She sang a piece from The Chorus Line and performed a Joyce Grenfell-style monologue - "I thought I'd play on my English accent," she laughed.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking, but you get nervous at any audition - if you don't get nerves, you shouldn't be doing it, really.
"It's not exactly the same as Fame, but it is in New York and it's very hands-on training.
"They really push you.
"My ambition has always been to be in a stage musical, either here or on Broadway, and hopefully this can help me achieve that."
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