A Wisbech teenager is appealing for help to fulfill his dream of becoming an actor.
Jake Pearse, 19, wants to give his acting career a firm foundation by attending a two-year professional performing arts course at Stageworks in Huntingdon, but is struggling with the course fees.
The youngster has now launched an appeal to raise the £7,500 needed to pay for the first year’s course fees. He is also approaching a number of acting companies for help with the fees.
He said: “I want to pursue my dream.
“I would like to do West End and film or television. My dream is do Luther.
“I think British crime dramas are really good and it would be fun to do the West End.
“The problem I have is that to go further I need to improve my dancing, which Stageworks is offering me.”
Jake’s dreams looked as if they could have been shattered after tearing the meniscus muscle in his left knee during a ballet class.
The teenager had been told that he would never dance again, but fought hard to get back on his feet and is now dancing again.
He said: “Initially it felt like I could feel the bones rubbing together but I have built up the muscles around it. I was determined to get back.
“When I’m dancing I now land on my right knee rather than my left to reduce the impact.”
Jake, who has both Asperger’s and ADHD, says he is unable to get a student grant or scholarships to go towards the costs of this course.
The course will cover musical theatre, dancing, singing and acting.
The youngster began acting when he was 14 and has appeared in productions at the Angles Theatre.
He has also achieved distinctions in a previous college course.
If you would like to help Jake go to https://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/jake-s-performing-arts-tuition