This is the story of my granddaughter, Regan Walker, a beautiful and talented young lady with an incredible opportunity ahead of her.
Last October whilst visiting a family friend in the UK to see her idol Ariana Grande, Regan was told of auditions for the Emil Dale Academy in Cambridge, when she contacted them she was told that all audition slots had been filled and Regan thought that was that! The family friend decided to contact them again and begged them to give her an audition, they asked for video footage of her performances and soon after offered her a slot....she was elated. Obviously she was really excited but understandably nervous too as she only has 2 days to prepare . The day arrived and we thought at the very least the audition would be fantastic experience for her. Well guess what, 3 weeks later back in Spain she received her formal offer of her place.
The Academy is a privately funded. The course offered is a two year Sixth Form Musical Theatre course designed for people aged between 16 and 19. This is a foundation course which is designed to help students gain places at top Musical Theatre Colleges for higher training such as: Emil Dale Academy, Arts Ed, Mountview, GSA, Laines, Bird, and Urdang. This course is a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Musical Theatre), which up to 168 UCAS points can be achieved; the equivalent of 3 A-Levels.
The course costs £4,200.00 per year which includes 1-1 weekly singing lessons as well as full curriculum tutorial fees. Regan will need to relocate from Spain to the UK so that means monthly costs for boarding too.
The aim of this ‘Go Fund Me’ is to raise Regan’s tuition fees for the first year and I’m truly hoping that this is possible....we need your help . As a family we aren’t able to fund the £4,200.00 course fees, but her monthly boarding costs we can cover between us
Regan’s passion and love in life is the theatre. She started this journey at 11 years old when she joined The Salon Varieties Theatre Company in Fuengirola, Spain and performed for the very first time on the stage in the pantomime, Snow White. Since then she has wanted nothing more than to be involved in every show possible, starring in many shows such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Secret Garden, Blood Brothers, The Hobbit to name a few and numerous Musical Reviews, The Rocky Horror Show, 42nd Street amongst many more and of course the annual Christmas Pantomimes.
Along side her theatre activities Regan is a member of The Performing Arts School Club dancing and is studying her formal dancing qualifications with the International Theatre School (ITS), she has achieved High Merit Award in both Ballet and Tap Grade 3.....all of this and her School work!
Thank you for taking the time to read Regan’s story and please if you can donate, no amount is too small, you will make a young lady’s dream come true ❤️❤️
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