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  • Bradley takes first steps to stage stardom

    Henry James

    A TALENTED young dancer from Skelmersdale has taken the first steps towards a career on the stage by winning a place with the award-winning children’s theatrical company, Stagebox.

    Ten-year-old Bradley West (right) a pupil at the Base Dance Performing Arts Academy in Burscough, successfully negotiated the company’s highly-competitive audition process to be accepted for their Elite Team programme.

    Stagebox auditions children from across the UK and internationally to select a company of dynamic, talented and professional young performers for the programme, with just 25 juniors and 25 seniors nationally accepted.

    Out of hundreds of applicants Bradley, who goes to Woodland Community Primary School in Skelmersdale, won one of only three places available at the auditions he attended.

    Stagebox produces professional musical theatre videos, which showcases its Elite teams to hundreds of thousands online.

    The training experience also includes vocal recording in a professional studio and ‘on location’ shoots throughout the year.

    Many former Stagebox trainees can currently be seen in West End shows, UK and international tours and film and TV.

    Claire Lloyd, principal of Base Dance, said: “Bradley has been a pupil at our academy for a couple of years and has grown into a confident young performer.

    “He wants to fulfil his dream on stage and I, alongside his very supportive family, fully support him in doing so. He is a very talented and hardworking young performer.”

    Stagebox operates alongside the children’s training academy and Bradley will continue to be trained at Base Dance, in conjunction with his training with Stagebox.

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