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Chatteris students on path to West End stardom after securing top stage school placements

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Two students from Cromwell Community College will be heading to prestigious arts schools to show their talent to the world and pursue their ambitions in acting, singing and dancing.

The two girls from the Chatteris school have been accepted into respected stage schools to ignite their passion for the stage further.

Maddison Pauley (15) and Harriet Silk (13) will now be studying dance, acting and singing at the Emil Dale Academy and Razzmatazz Stage School, respectively.

Maddison Pauley (left) and Harriet Silk are on the path to West End stardom. (35005325)
Maddison Pauley (left) and Harriet Silk are on the path to West End stardom. (35005325)

Maddison auditioned for the Emil Dale Academy in Cambridge and received the prestigious offer to study there. Maddison is now being taught by professional performers from the West End, where shows include Wicked, Les Misérables, The Lion King and more.

Maddison is represented by two agencies and is a member of Spotlight which connects performers with roles across theatre, television and film. Later this year, Maddison will be working with a London producer to showcase her talents further afield.

Following her successful audition, Harriet, has been offered a scholarship to study with Razzmatazz Stage School. Harriet has performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London with the Razz school and is still showing the world her talents through live online classes, taking place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Harriet Silk is a regular performer locally. (35005330)
Harriet Silk is a regular performer locally. (35005330)

The girls are both keen performers locally and across the UK and have featured in many productions at Cromwell Community College.

Maddison performed at the college’s Winter Showcase in December and took the lead role in a GCSE drama group piece. The college discovered Harriet’s talents after seeing a YouTube video of her performing and encouraged her to take part in more school productions.

Maddison and Harriet both said they are delighted and proud of their achievements.

Jane Horn, principal at Cromwell Community College said: “I am thrilled for Maddison and Harriet. To be accepted to stage school is an incredible achievement and will no doubt help them continue to build on their talents and equip them for a career in the arts if they so wish. The college has given them a great foundation to practice performing to a range of audiences and our arts department has installed confidence to audition and achieve this great accolade. We wish them all the best in the future!”

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