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The Stage/Susi Earnshaw Theatre School Scholarship winners 2015

Scholarship winners: Daniella O’Dwyer and Ella Schrey

Eleven-year-olds Ella Schrey, from Tottenham, and Daniella O’Dwyer, from Barnet, have won two half-scholarships towards attending the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School full-time for the next five years. The Stage/Susi Earnshaw awards are worth a total of £60,000 and will allow Ella and Daniella to attend the school from year 7 right through to year 11.

Ella said: “It’s one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me and I have been smiling for days.”

Phil Yeats, Ella’s father, said: “We’ve always known that Ella would find a place for herself in the world of performance arts, but the scholarship means that she won’t have to put her ambitions on hold. Susi Earnshaw will give her a base to develop as a performer without putting her academic ambitions on the back-burner. The school is a place where the individual child is respected and given space to grow as a person and as an artist.”

Dani said: “A dream came true for me when I got offered the scholarship place. I have loved dance since I was little and can’t believe that I will be able to perform that dream on an almost daily basis!”

Her parents, Dominic O’Dwyer and Sarah Smith, added: “Dani has loved to perform and dance for as long as we can remember, and at Susi Earnshaw’s school on Saturdays she has developed a passion for acting, too. We were overwhelmed by the offer and we’re not ashamed to say that a few tears were shed. Dani has had a permanent grin on her face since she found out.”

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