Liam wins £28,500 scholarship to attend dance and drama academy
A Year 11 student from The Priory Ruskin Academy has made a huge step towards his dream of a career in performing arts.
Not only has Liam Sheehy secured a place at MADD, Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama in Nottingham, he has won a full scholarship worth £28,500.
Liam will begin a three year Musical Theatre course in September which will see him performing in a showcase in his final year at The Nottingham Playhouse in front of agents and casting directors. Liam’s natural love for Performing Arts was developed further after a school trip to the MADD in Year 10 where he experienced the life of a student there. This led him to their summer school which further cemented his passion and determination to work in the industry.
For his audition Liam had to perform a monologue, sing and dance after participating in workshops with other hopeful students. He then returned for the scholarship day and performed again in front of a panel who then made their decision on who to award it to.
Mum Tess Sheehy told the Journal: “ When Liam decided that this was the career path he wanted to take we were absolutely delighted and he had our full support.
“We are also grateful as a family for all the support and encouragement that Liam has received from Miss Jallow of The Priory Ruskin Academy.
“It’s great that his talent has earned him a scholarship and we know he will continue to work his hardest to maximise this fabulous opportunity. We are of course extremely proud.”
Liam, who turns 16 in August, will be the youngest when he starts classes the following month.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to starting MADD in September. When Mum got the email that I had won the scholarship I could hardly believe it. It means so much to me and I am very grateful to everyone who has helped me on this journey so far..”