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The Stage/D&B School of Performing Arts Scholarships winners

Chelsie Austen, and Chloe Hare

Chelsie Austen, 16, from Goffs Oak/Cuffley in Hertfordshire, and Chloe Hare, 19, from Rainham in Kent, are the two winners of The Stage Scholarships at the D&B School of Performing Arts. As a result, they will attend D&B’s full-time musical theatre course. The scholarships are worth a total of £48,000.

Chelsie said: “When I found out, it was an amazing feeling and I am so thankful to all the staff at D&B for believing in me and for giving me this amazing opportunity. I intend to make every minute count and work as hard as I possibly can for the next three years. I have many career goals, including being a singer-songwriter and returning to the West End – at around the age of 10, I was lucky enough to get my first West End job in Oliver!. It would be fabulous to have the chance to take on the challenges as an adult performer. I am really looking forward to what the future brings.”

Chloe added: “I can’t even begin to explain how thrilled and grateful I am to have received The Stage Scholarship. Not only has it brought me a lot more confidence, it has confirmed that this is what I want to do, and has given me that extra push to work extremely hard in the three years that I have at D&B.

“I have always been a believer in the quote, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’, especially as D&B has been my dream college to train at for many years. Being here has finally made my dream feel real, and I can’t wait to begin my career path in musical theatre.”

Read more about opportunities with The Stage Scholarships

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