Talent showcase to help Clitheroe star (17) study at Italia Conti theatre school

Alix Carey
Alix Carey

CLITHEROE’S rising star Alix Carey needs a helping hand to keep her on the path to stardom – so her mum has organised a summer showcase of talent at the Grand.

The 17-year-old, who attended Ribblesdale High School Technology College, is studying for an acting and dance degree at the renowned Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

But Alix needs extra funds to ensure she completes her three-year dance and singing degree at Britain’s oldest theatre arts training school.

Her mother Alison said: “I’m trying to raise extra money to keep Alix at Italia Conti, and also to help fund a trip to America for a little girl called Ellie so she can have an operation to help her walk.

“I’ve got to find hundreds of pounds a month to fund Alix for her uniform, travel and all the classes she attends.

“I’m my own with another teenage daughter, so it is tough.”

Alison added: “If there is anybody who could sponsor or help Alix it would be greatly appreciated because I’m desperate to keep her at the school.”

Singing sensation James Holt, the winner of Grab 2011, the Grand’s inter-school talent competition, has promised to sing at the August event, with the full line-up of acts to be announced soon.

A quarter of the funds raised will be donated to the Ellie Leathert Fund.

“My dream is to appear in a West End show, that’s one of my main ambitions,” said Alix.

“I’d love to be in a music video, or tour with Rihanna, and Italia Conti has given me the opportunity to develop my skills in singing, acting and dancing to try and achieve that.

“I’m doing Shakespeare at the moment and I’ve also had to learn scripts, acting and singing to camera, so that is a bit daunting.

“My confidence has grown a lot, and my teachers have commented on that.

“I feel very honoured to be here, there’s some amazing talent at Italia Conti.”

Playwright, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward was a former student at the London Academy, while actresses’ Tracey Ullman, Emily Lloyd and Patsy Kensit all graduated from the Conti Academy.

A spokeswoman for Italia Conti Academy said: “There is tremendous competition for places here, and hopefully it will be Alix’s first step towards a professional career.”

The Grand’s Showcase of Talent will be staged on Saturday, August 11th. Tickets available from Grand box office and Alison can be contacted via the Grand on 01200 421599.