July 3, 2008
California Dreaming As Bobbie Wins Us Place
By EMMA PEARCY
A student from Knowles Hill School in Newton Abbot has her sights firmly set on becoming a West End leading lady.
Sixth former Bobbie Watts (pictured) has been awarded a pounds3,000 Helen Foundation scholarship after winning a place at the prestigious Academy of Performing Arts in California.
She will go there to study song and dance at a two-week summer school this month.
Bobbie was selected after a rigorous interview and audition process and she had to perform an intense, emotional monologue.
A few days later she received a request that she perform a song for the examiner, but by the time she got the message, it was the deadline for the entries.
But her determination meant she was not going to give up and she rang them up and sang a song to their answering machine.
Her recorded performance of 'When I fall in love' by Nat King Cole ensured she was offered a place.
The course at the American academy will focus on singing, dancing and acting and will help to prepare the students for professional auditions and teach them how to cope with the pressures and emotions of working in the musical theatre business.
Bobbie said: "I was absolutely amazed to be offered this place.
"It is quite scary, but very exciting. It feels like the start of a new career."
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