Talented teen wanted in London and New York

Vicky Campbell
Vicky Campbell
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  • Leyland St Mary’s pupil offered place at TWO top performing arts schools
  • One boasts Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith as former students
  • Panel said Vicky Campbell’s audition was one of the best they had seen

A Leyland schoolgirl is over the moon after being offered a scholarship to attend two prestigious performing arts centres – in London and New York.

Sixteen-year-old Vicky Campbell, from Leyland St Mary’s High School, auditioned for, and was accepted into, Youth Music Theatre UK, a national theatre company which boasts Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran among past students, and proved such a hit she has now been accepted to study at Elliot-Clarke Performing Arts School in Liverpool once she finishes her GCSEs.

She also received an offer of a place Stateside with the New York Film Academy. 

The audition panel indicated it was one of the best auditions they had seen and as a result offered a scholarship.

The Academy is so keen to get her on their books they are planning to hold the place open for two years until she is old enough to travel over on her own.

Vicky, who took the lead role of Maria in the school’s latest production of The Sound Of Music, is determined to make a career in musical theatre.

The teenager, who lives in Runshaw Lane, Euxton, said: “I’ve been doing shows since I was about five or six.

“I have two older sisters who use to do it and I just wanted to be like them.

“They went off in different directions but I really loved it and joined a youth theatre.

“My first main role was Annie at Chorley Little Theatre then I went to Blackpool where I had several different parts in Les Miserables.

“Musical theatre is definitely what I want to do – my ambition is to get to the West End or Broadway.

“I’d love to do some directing as well as performing.”

Vicky applied for the New York place after contacting the school for information.

An email inviting her to an audition in London led to her being offered a talent-based scholarship.

The scholarship was due to start this September but after discussing it with her parents Cindy and Glen, who were worried about her living in New York so young, the Academy agreed to defer the place.

Vicky added: “I’m looking forward to going to Liverpool after my exams and in the meantime I’ve just got a job doing princess parties with young children, which should be good fun.”