Take a bow Shannon Rewcroft – the graduate from Scarborough has been awarded a grant from Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.
The cash will go towards the 22-year-old’s London drama school fees.
Shannon, of Scalby Road, knew she wanted to act by the time she was 11 and is doing a year-long course at the Drama Studio – where she is studying classical acting, TV, film, radio and song and dance.
The grant fwill pay for materials she needs for the course, such as scripts, an audio recorder, photography and a copy of the complete works of Shakespeare.
She said: “It has really made things so much easier. We have already had to pay for professional photography for our head shots, which we send to casting directors, and it costs nearly £100 to sign up to become a professional actor.”
Shannon, who went to Newby and Scalby and Scalby schools, has worked since she was 13 to save money towards her ambition and has been fundraising with bake sales and concert evenings.
She has appeared in pantomimes, cabarets and summer season productions in Scarborough and has been part of a singing group offering entertainment for hotels and nursing homes. She has also assisted with teaching.