Tim is Sidmouth's star
A TALENTED teen, who is Sidmouth s answer to Billy Elliott, could soon be swapping the town s stage for the bright lights of the West End after being awarded a performing arts scholarship. Tim Gale, 16, found out last week he is one of four students accep
A TALENTED teen, who is Sidmouth's answer to Billy Elliott, could soon be swapping the town's stage for the bright lights of the West End after being awarded a performing arts scholarship.
Tim Gale, 16, found out last week he is one of four students accepted into the prestigious Tring Park School for Performing Arts on a musical theatre scholarship.
The delighted youngster, who is gearing up for a two week run in Triple Fantasy as well as studying for his GCSE's, can't believe his luck.
"At first I was a bit indecisive because I thought I would miss everyone but then I realised how special this really is. I'm being offered an amazing opportunity. I'm just so excited and want to go now."
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The Kings School student will be boarding at the school in Hertfordshire and as well as taking part in acting, singing and dancing lessons, he will also be studying A-levels in biology, English and geography.
Tim was originally hoping to audition for a dance scholarship but when he found out he wouldn't be able to take his A-levels at the same time he swapped to Musical Theatre.
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As a result Tim only took up singing classes around four months ago and startled everyone including his mum with his melodic notes-as his talent obviously knows no bounds!
Proud mum Jacqui said: "We are just thrilled he's got the scholarship-they are so rare. We are really amazed that he can sing as well, we had no idea.
"Tim is a really good role model as not many boys do dancing and it's such a shame."
The gifted teenager has been dancing since he was knee-high and originally trained with Finch School of Dance in Ottery from the age of 12 before transferring to Sidmouth Ballet School and East Devon Dance a year ago.
When Tim completes the two year course he will have a diploma in Musical Theatre and the stage is definitely where he hopes to be in a couple of year's time.
"Ideally I would like some sort of role in the West End. Something like Hair Spray or Chicago," he added.
And Tim's mum shares his enthusiasm: "A lot of people have said he's got that extra something-the X factor. I wouldn't be surprised if we see him on the West End.