Cash will help Wildcats Theatre School get youngsters on stage

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A NEW bursary scheme has been launched to help talented youngsters get a place in a theatre school.

Wildcats Theatre School, which runs drama classes in Stamford and Rutland, has been able to launch the new scheme thanks to support from Lincolnshire county councillor John Hicks (Ind).

He has given the theatre school £1,000 as part of the Big Society Fund, a scheme which was launched by the council giving each councillor £2,000 for the next two years to give to deserving groups.

Wildcats has decided to use its funding to work with new children from Stamford who show a real talent for performing but as yet have been unable to take part in the theatre school’s activities due to financial constraints. The awards vary, but include full term fees (and part-fees) for spring and summer 2012, uniform allowance and examination fees.

Wildcats business manager Darren Dolby said: “We are looking to award bursaries to children who show commitment and also a willingness to learn and develop their performing skills.

“We are committed to making sure this money goes to children who are really going to make the most of their time with us, developing confidence, social skills and self-esteem as well as the performing arts disciplines.”

Families of children who are interested in applying for one of the awards or bursaries need to be able to show evidence of low incomes and complete a short financial statement. They also need to be a resident of Stamford or the surrounding Lincolnshire villages.

They will also be asked to attend a mini audition where children’s suitability will be assessed.

Coun John Hicks, who represents the Stamford north ward on the county council, said: “I appreciate the benefits to young people of the activities offered by Wildcats and am very happy to have the opportunity to arrange for the funding award.”

To apply for one of the awards e-mail explaining why your child would benefit from being part of Wildcats.