Two members of a North Devon theatre group are heading to top performing arts schools to develop their talents.
Tolley Angell, founder and chair of All Starz theatre society, will be heading to the Guildford School of Acting whilst 14 year-old youth committee member Dan Gray is set to embark on his GCSEs at Tring Park School of Performing Arts.
All Starz, established in 2007, started out with six cast members performing in local schools, but has since gone on to perform to sell-out audiences at the Queens Theatre with casts of more than 60.
Following the success of The Phantom of the Opera last year, the All Starz will be dazzling audiences once again this month with their production of Barnum, running from Thursday to Saturday, July 28-30 at the Queen’s Theatre.
The show, which tells the true story of a circus novice who built a circus company that is still in existence today, will be dedicated to Dan’s father Jon and local teenager Ellie Easton, who both lost their battles against cancer last year.
Tolley, who will be directing the show before leaving for Guildford, said: “They have both shown me how precious life is and the importance of living it to the full, making me want to follow my dreams.”
Dan, who will be taking the starring role of PT Barnum, said: “I wanted to be in Barnum because I’m full of circus, song and dance just like the production.
“Being accepted at Tring is a great achievement for me and a massive step for the future I want on stage and screen.”
Tickets are available from the box office on 01271 324242.