Hartlepool student seeks support for theatre school dream

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Rising star Callum Rayment has been given a huge boost in his search for support as he gets ready to go to a theatre school.

And it has come from the Hartlepool school which helped him hone his performing arts talents.

We told how the 18-year-old had won a place at the Laine Theatre Arts school, in Epsom, Surrey, and will start in September.

The talented teenager had to go through a full day’s audition – showing his skills in singing, acting, dancing, jazz and ballet – before winning a full scholarship.

But he still needs to raise the money for his living costs and has set up a fundraising campaign. Backing has already come from the performing arts department at Manor Community Academy, which held a fundraising evening for Callum who was a student up to 2013.

Callum was heavily involved in college shows 
and productions, choir and dance workshops before he left.

Callum will always be part of our Manor family and we wish lots of success and happiness as he goes on to pursue his goals in the future

Caroline Cole, drama department lead teacher for teaching and learning at Manor Community Academy

Since leaving Manor he attended Newcastle College where he has completed a BTEC in Performing Arts as well winning several regional and national dance titles.

The fundraiser included soloist singers, dance groups and a special guest appearance from Amy Richardson Dance Studios.

Callum performed a selection of Latin and Ballroom duets with former pupils and national champion title holders, Laura Morgan and Amy Grylls as well as a selection of songs and solo dances.

Caroline Cole is the drama department lead teacher for teaching and learning at Manor Community Academy and one of Callum’s teachers.

Caroline said: “He also choreographed two numbers for our elite dance group to showcase the full range of his skills.

“The night was a resounding success with over 170 tickets sold.

“The current total stands at £1,200 with more money expected to come in this week.

“Callum will always be part of our Manor family and we wish lots of success and happiness as he goes on to pursue his goals in the future.”

l To support Callum, go to www.crowdfunding.justgiving.com/CallumtoLaine.