We have some incredibly talented Drama, Dance and Music students at both Northgate and Dereham Sixth Form. Former Northgate student, and current Year 12, ClaraBelle, along with current Year 13 Adam have been given incredible opportunities in the coming months to pursue their passions.

Here they tell us more:

ClaraBelle: ‘I am really excited to have successfully auditioned for the British Youth Music Theatre, I have been invited to join the 2021 company and cast in a brand new musical ‘The Curious Case of Katie’s Hysteria’ directed by Helen Tennison.

The BYMT audition over 1000 young people every year across the UK and Ireland. I have previously performed with Northgate, local companies DOSYTCo, DTCO and FADLOS, however this was my first national audition. I am looking forward to spending two weeks living and rehearsing with the rest of the cast and working with top industry professionals. I’m a little nervous, but excited and grateful to be able to return to the stage after a difficult time for the creative arts over the last year and a bit.’

Adam: ‘This August, I am grateful to be offered a place on the Senior Acting Course for National Youth Theatre, to become a member of the company. There’s no doubt that I’m incredibly excited for this course and the opportunities this will possibly bring, especially with the knowledge that many of my favourite actors have also been a member of this company and how it has helped them in this industry. After the pandemic has ultimately taken away so many opportunities in theatre from everyone, it will feel such a relief to step back into it after such a lack of performance in our lives. We’ll now be cracking on with something so important that many of us have missed a lot. If anything, it’s taught me to keep on trying and not giving up at the first hurdle as this was my second audition for the National Youth Theatre, after my first one in 2020 was unsuccessful. Especially in this industry, not everything is achieved first time, so it’s important to keep on trying despite the setbacks, as I have learnt, and will keep facing for sure.’

We wish both ClaraBelle and Adam the very best of luck in these endeavours and look forward to hearing more about their successes in theatre in the future!