Opportunity knocks for Barrow girl at pop star Adele’s old school
Last updated at 17:02, Monday, 26 August 2013
A BARROW schoolgirl is set to follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in showbiz when she attends the most prestigious performing arts school in the country.
Wallis McDowall, 16, of West Avenue, saw off thousands of other hopefuls to earn a place at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
The school, based in Croydon, South London has produced many famous musicians, including Adele, Jessie J and Rizzle Kicks.
It is a dream come true for Wallis, who says she has loved musical theatre from a very young age.
“I think it was in Year 6 when I went to see the musical Wicked and that made me really want to get into singing,” she said. “I thought it was amazing, absolutely amazing.”
Wallis is no stranger to the bright lights of the capital. She has spent the last two years studying at Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone.
There she impressed both on and off the stage, winning awards for her vocal performances and for contributions to the school for her work as a prefect.
But that doesn’t mean the move to a new school isn’t daunting – not least because Wallis is still waiting for her GCSE results, which she will get tomorrow from London.
It wasn’t always easy to find time to revise inbetween rehearsals and the notoriously rigorous BRIT School application process. But Wallis believes her work ethic will help earn her top grades.
“I think the routine of doing exams and sitting down to work is a lot like when I get a script for an audition. I just know I have to learn all of this and if I don’t I’m not going to do very well.”
She will spend the next two years at the BRIT School working towards a diploma in performing arts, equivalent to three A-Levels.
Given the long list of BRIT alumni who have gone on to national and international fame, it could just be the beginning.
“I’ll just have to see what happens. Lots of the big record labels go in there so hopefully I’ll get noticed.”
Proud mum, Lorraine, said the news was a huge relief after all the hard work and effort, including getting lost in snow covered Croydon on the way to an audition in February.
“It’s exciting because she did it off her own back. It was purely her own talent.”
First published at 16:15, Monday, 26 August 2013
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If Wallace is anything like her mother she will be a star.