Norton teenager gets a seat at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

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TALENTED teenager takes her dream one step further after landing a place at a world-famous drama school.

Sally Messham, 17, beat the competition of thousands of other applicants for a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

But surprisingly, the Norton teenager was also offered a spot at the Capital’s Drama Center, once again beating thousands of other candidates.

It left her with a tough decision to make – but in a position any aspiring actress would love to be in.

“It was a tough decision to make because I didn’t expect to receive the offers,” said Sally.

“I didn’t really expect to get anything from either. I wanted to see how far I could go this year but expected it to take a little longer!

“But it’s RADA I’m going to look for. I think this has always been my first choice.

Sally was one of 14 girls to secure a place in RADA, out of a total of 5,000 applicants. And the talented Teessider was one of five girls to land a spot at the Drama Center, out of 3,000 applicants.

RADA is known around the world as one of the best performing arts training centers.

His former students include Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, and Kenneth Brannagh.

“I’m nervous but really excited,” said Sally, a student at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form in Darlington.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed and delighted. It hasn’t sunk yet.

“I really didn’t think I would have a chance the first time I applied because the auditions are rigorous and most of those selected for an audition are in their 20s or over.”

Sally’s family – Father Paul, Mother Kay and 15-year-old sister Lucy – are over the moon with her accomplishments.

Delighted mom Kay, 44, said: “I am very proud.

“Sally has a lot of hard work. We never had to push her!”

Sally has been on the stage since the age of 12 and attends Stagecoach Theater Arts School in Yarm.

Principal Trudy Hindmarsh has said she is definitely one to watch.

“I am surprised that she received both offers because it is an incredible achievement,” she said.

“But I had a feeling she would make one. We are all very proud of here.

“She is so beautiful and sympathetic.”

Greg Barker, Assistant Director at QE Sixth Form, teaches drama and theater to Sally.

He said: “Not only is Sally clearly talented, but she’s a wonderful actress and she also has the steel and determination to be successful in this most difficult profession.

“She was a pleasure teaching and her classmates loved working with her. He’s a star in the making!

Sally began performing in plays at the Ian Ramsey School in Stockton, became Stagecoach, and is now a member of the National Youth Theater.

This summer, she will participate in a huge showcase with the NYT to welcome athletes to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Again, she beat thousands of people for the role.

“It’s really exciting and it will be great to meet people,” she added.

“I wouldn’t mind meeting Usain Bolt either!”


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