GIFTED young performers Will Oliver and Ruth Scott have taken centre stage at King’s Ely Sixth Form this week after gaining places at exciting institutions.

Will and Ruth are among the 95% of all King’s Ely Sixth Form students to gain their first choice Higher Education placement.

After the first day of a two-day audition, Will was offered an unconditional place to read Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels in Belgium.

Now aged 18, the former Ely Cathedral Head Chorister and King’s Ely Barber already sports an impressive CV. As well as performing lead roles in school productions for the last three consecutive years, Will boasts a host of academic accolades, including Grade 8 Distinction Musical Theatre, Grade 8 Distinction Singing – which he achieved at the age of 12 – and the LAMDA Performance Award, to name a few. No stranger to the big stage, Will has also experienced working behind the scenes at the West End production of We Will Rock You.

Will has been a pupil at King’s since the tender age of three. He aspires to inspire others and hopes to spend a year as an Actor in Residence at an academic institution in the UK before embarking on a teaching degree.

Actress and dancer Ruth Scott has been offered a place at the Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The academy, which offers a Foundation Course to prepare students for higher education in acting and performing arts, is renowned for its practical work-related focus.

Ruth, whose favourite actress is Keira Knightley, plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Acting. Her true passion is ballet and she currently dances with the Lantern Dance Theatre Company – an integrated contemporary dance group based in Ely.

Head Sue Freestone said: “Drama is a discipline that offers opportunities on many levels.  Places on Higher Ed courses are highly sought after and it is very pleasing that these two students have been successful in gaining places that will take them along the path of realising their dreams.”

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