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The Stage/Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama Scholarship winners 2016

Megan Thompson-O'Connor, Joseph Malana and Olivia Haslam Megan Thompson-O'Connor, Joseph Malana and Olivia Haslam

Megan Thompson-O’Connor, 17, from Rutland in Leicester­shire, and Joseph Malana, 18, from Manchester, have won two of The Stage Scholarships at Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, and will be attending the school’s three-year professional musical theatre diploma course.

Megan said: “Thank you so much. I am honoured to be selected from so many talented performers that attended The Stage Scholarship day. It is such a privilege to be able to take part in the three-year musical theatre course at MADD, and I am so excited to begin in September.”

Joseph said: “I am truly grateful for the opportunity that MADD College and The Stage have given me. I have wanted to perform ever since I was very young and I am now one step closer to my goal. Thank you so very much.”

For the first time this year, MADD has also offered a full scholarship for the college’s foundation musical theatre course. The lucky winner is Olivia Haslam, 16, from Worksop in Nottinghamshire.

Olivia said: “I can’t express how honoured and astonished I am that from all the talented young people who have applied for the scholarship, I have been granted this amazing opportunity. I am so very thankful.

“I can’t wait to start training in September and see how much I improve over the year and what achievements I can accomplish by studying at MADD.”

Read about more opportunities with The Stage Scholarships

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