TALENTED Millie Cooter has won a coveted place at a prestigious performing arts school.
Millie was one of those accepted out of what is believed to be 200 hopefuls for the Sylvia Young Theatre School.
Her success means the 11-year-old will leave her Felpham home later this year to join its boarders in London.
The big step will see her combine GCSE academic studies on three days with two days of performing arts classes. It will take her closer to her ambition of being a professional performer.
She said: “I really want to appear in theatre musicals. It feels amazing being on stage. I’m nervous the first night, and I like that, but I get used to appearing in a show after that.”
Millie has been a student at the Art of Dance and Fitness in South Bersted since she was three. She attends a mass of classes six days a week in subjects such as ballet, tap and modern.
“I really like jazz and contemporary lessons,” she said. “They are really fun and, after the teacher has told you what to do, you can also dance with freestyle moves.”
Felpham Community College student Millie is already a stage veteran in spite of her age. She has appeared in four pantos at the Regis Centre and Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Appearing with her in the musical were two students from Sylvia Young who prompted her to apply.
Two auditions of monologues and songs later and she was one of what was believed to be 25 students chosen for this year.
Art of Dance and Fitness joint principal Lisa Richards said it was rare to have students of Mille’s age be accepted by the Sylvia Young school.
“We are really proud of Millie. She has got a lot of talent but she has also got the tenacity and confidence to be able to go to Sylvia Young,” she said.
“She is a lovely student and she works really hard. She is one of those who puts the work in and takes corrections really well. She wants to get better all the time.”
Sylvia Young was one of just two full-time theatre schools she would recommend.