A STUDENT has achieved her dream of securing a place to study at a prestigious drama college.

Alice Williams, 18. a student at Moreton Hall has gained a place on the stage management course at RADA.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art offers vocational training for actors, stage managers, designers and technical theatre craft specialists. Alumni include John Gielgud, and Kenneth Branagh .

She said: "From my early years at Moreton First I have been involved in every school production, either acting or working behind the scenes. Drama is a big part of Moreton life and I’ve always been encouraged to actively share my creative and unusual ideas which built my confidence."

As she progressed to the senior school, Alice - who is from the Wrexham area - focussed on other aspects of theatre.

She said: "As I got older my interest began to shift towards how plays come together and are created: the power of lighting, sound, props and being part of a team. This made me realise that stage management was my future,"

"My dream has been to go to RADA. For my dream to come true is an overwhelming and surreal feeling."

" I am fortunate to have had tireless support from my drama teacher, Mrs Howells, who coached me and prepared me for the daunting interviews.’

Mrs Howells said: "Alice has participated in many productions both on and off stage. It was off stage that Alice was her most confident: organising everyone and everything in rehearsals with a mature and consistent approach. Her passion and drive to ensure the smooth running of productions is outstanding and she was able to orchestrate and oversee a team of production assistants with ease.

"Her preparation for all of her interviews was excellent: she did her research into each individual Drama School and tailored her interview techniques to ensure she stood out from the hundreds of other applicants."

Alice’s success comes after the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Hoylroyd Community Theatre.

A Moreton Hall spokesman said "The theatre will be a cultural hub for the Shropshire community and beyond. It will cement Moreton’s reputation for theatrical excellence and offer national and regional theatre companies a venue to showcase their performances.

"Perhaps in the future, Alice might return to manage a production on her old turf!