Arts Educational Schools has launched a new £5,000 award to provide support to a musical theatre graduate.
The inaugural winner of the Rising Star award has been announced as Alex Cardall, who also won the 2018 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year award.
After graduating this month, Cardall will make his professional debut in Sweet Charity at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury.
Each year, the prize will be presented to a graduate of Arts Ed’s BA in musical theatre who has demonstrated “outstanding talent and effort” throughout the three years of their training.
The Rising Star Award aims to provide graduates with some financial stability as they begin their professional career. It is supported by a donation by an anonymous musical theatre fan, who approached Arts Ed after seeing many of the school’s graduates in West End shows. The philanthropist is also supporting two annual bursaries for third-year musical theatre students.
Cardall said: “I am delighted to receive this Rising Star award. I can start my career at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury feeling more financially supported and I am really grateful for that.
“Being at Arts Ed has been a life-changing experience for me. I’ve received world-class training and have made friends and contacts for life – I can now go out into the world as a professional with the richness and diversity of this learning and make my dreams come true.”
Arts Ed principal Chris Hocking said: “Alex is not only an extremely talented triple-threat musical theatre performer but he also embodies the Arts Ed ethos of professionalism, dedication, generosity and humility.”