Ariel Drama students Tara Lucas, 18, and William Carey, 17, have won parts in the National Youth Musical Theatre production of the Ragged Child, which forms part of the International Youth Arts Festival.
The gifted pair will perform between July 22 and 26, at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
The National Youth Musical Theatre provides the chance for young people to work with theatre industry professionals on workshops, master classes and residential courses.
This opportunity, working with some of the UK’s leading creative minds, has contributed to the development of many well-known actors’ careers, including Jude Law, Sheridan Smith and Ariel’s patron Nigel Harman, who is playing Simon Cowell in new musical, I can’t Sing! – the X-Factor Musical.
Tara, from Horsham, and William, from Partridge Green, have attended Ariel Drama’s Burgess Hill Academy for several years, growing and honing their talents as they progressed through the academy. This culminated in the talented youngsters playing the leads of Kim and Chris in Ariel’s highly acclaimed March 2014 production of Miss Saigon, at the Horsham Capitol Theatre.
Ariel Drama Academy director Nicci Hopson said: “We are so proud of Tara and Will’s achievements – they both live and breathe theatre.
“The competition for places at NYMT is fierce and they were up against hundreds of other performers, so this achievement should not be underestimated.
“Everyone at Ariel is delighted for them and we send them all our best wishes for the Ragged Child.”
Tara’s achievements have not ended here. This spring has been a very busy period for the actress, singer and dancer, who recently performed at the National Diana Awards Ceremony.
Tara sung for the packed audience of supporters and dignitaries at the event.
The awards were created in 1999 as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales, and have recognised more than 41,000 young people who have made a positive difference to their community.
In addition, Tara has been applying to the UK’s leading drama schools and has been offered a place at the respected Guildford School of Acting, where she will commence her studies in September.
William, meanwhile, has been busy studying for his A-levels at Steyning Grammar School and is also going to be a support tutor for the Burgess Hill Ariel Drama Academy from September.