May 22nd, 2024

Sussex Youth Theatre’s £10,000 Search For A Rising Star Begins ... And They Want YOU!

Open to EVERYONE aged 6 - 18!

Sussex Youth Theatre’s HQ is buzzing with excitement as just under 30 applications have already been made for their 2024 Rising Star Award within a few days of its launch!

Founder and Artistic Director, Mitch Jenkins, created the performing arts award to benefit ANY child who wants to learn the core skills of performing arts. 

The image shows Mitch with his father Kev Jenkins, ‘My father sadly passed away in 2017 and alongside my mum was my biggest support, both mentally and financially, whilst I trained at drama school and throughout my early career. I created this award to honour not just my amazing parents, but to all devoted parents and carers out there who work hard and make sacrifices to support their loved one’s dreams. This award will give them a whole year’s tuition at Sussex Youth Theatre, including workshops, masterclasses, membership of our TV, Theatre and Film Agency, a guaranteed place on the prestigious LAMDA exam course, tailored advice from professionals in the business, a beautiful award for the mantel piece PLUS the coveted Rising Star T-Shirt!’ 

Recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award Aisha Letamendia, 19, from Worthing says “The feeling when I won was just something I won’t ever be able to fully describe. I was speechless for days afterwards! The whole year was a whirlwind of excitement. So many amazing experiences that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. Having all those amazing opportunities really helped me to grow my confidence and learn so many skills that I still use in my acting and everyday life now. So, if you can, you have to audition for the Rising Star Award. It’s an incredible opportunity that you can’t miss!”

Creative Director, Tash Power said “Covid stopped the awards, and it took a couple of years for Sussex Youth Theatre to rebuild, but 2024 sees The Rising Star Awards return and now we can offer even more!
The winner will receive tuition worth over £1,500, and this year we are excited to introduce The Sparkler Awards with a value of £8,500, which means we can give many more awards to auditionees! Classes take place in Worthing, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Pulborough. You don’t have to be a member of Sussex Youth Theatre to audition either. We want people from all walks of life.”

Mitch added “I remember Joel and Aisha’s reaction to winning The Rising Star. It is my favourite moment of the process! Their excitement is so heartwarming. You can see Joel’s reaction here, and Aisha’s here. It’s all about passion! If you are passionate, we will help you with the rest. We are so excited to see as many people as possible!”

Auditions for the Rising Star Award will take place on July 20th and 21st at a central Worthing location. Applications need to be made online. Entries close July 17th. 

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