TWO teenagers have made major strides towards making their mark in the world of showbiz.
Talented pair Hannah Orrell-Brown, from Shiney Row, and Jaymee Hayes, from Seaham, have won hard-fought places at schools which will boost their bids to carve out a top career.
Sixteen-year-old dancer Hannah auditioned for Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, at Blackpool, and has became one of the youngest successes.
Her dance teacher Karen Sheil, 33, said: “She has been with us since she was three – this is a dream for her.
“She loves to dance and that is all she’s done all her life. I’m so happy for her.”
The audition included of a mix of jazz, ballet and tap, as well as a minute-long solo presentation.
Hannah dreams of dancing professionally and also helps to teach at Karen Sheil’s School of Dance, in Shiney Row.
She has already been awarded the British Theatre Dance Association scholarship and has won many trophies at competitions across the North East.
Jaymee (pictured) has realised her dream of being accepted into a top London theatre school.
The East Durham 17-year-old, who is studying Performing Arts at Newcastle College, has gained a place at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where she will study technical theatre.
Jaymee has strong ties with Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre, where she has worked on many productions, such as Macbeth.
It was there she met Sir Ian McKellen, who wished her luck for the future and said he hoped to see her again.
Jaymee said she would love to work at music festivals and concerts as part of the technical team, as well as her favourite musical theatre.
Mountview has produced a host of famous names.
Denise Welch went there in 1976, and has worked on Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Biker Grove, Coronation Street, Loose Women and Dancing on Ice.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden began her acting life at Mountview in 1992, going on to work on Cutting It and Wild at Heart.
Other former students include Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Webster in Coronation Street; Kathryn Prescott of teen drama Skins; and Connie Fisher, who won talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Jaymee is appealing for help to find a sponsor to assist with the £10,000 per year cost for the two-year course.
Her mum, Debbie Hayes, 38, said: “It’s brilliant for her to be accepted, but we need sponsorships to get her there, to pay for the school and help with living costs so she can live her dream.”
Anyone wishing to help should call Debbie on 07968 037305.