Rachel’s eyes set firmly on West End

Rachel Brett
Rachel Brett

THE AMBITIONS of Eastbourne’s award-winning Rachel Brett to make it to the West End have moved a stage closer after she successfully secured a place at the prestigious MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Brighton.

Rachel won the 2011 Young Achiever in Arts, Music and Culture at the Eastbourne Achievers Awards, staged by the Eastbourne Herald earlier this year.

It was hard work and dedication at Eastbourne Stagecoach which led to principle Di Levy advising Rachel to audition for a place at the new academy.

Rachel joins some of the UK’s most highly talented students training in Brighton and Edinburgh.

MGA also opened recently in New York, creating opportunities for students to exchange experiences of the West End and Broadway.

The principles at the academy are all still actively working in London and highly experienced having performed in all the major West End productions, such as Grease, Wicked, We Will Rock You and Spamalot.

During the first week at the academy the students were thrilled to meet Laurence Olivier Award-winning choreographers Stephen Mears and Matthew Bourne, with David Essex due to pay a visit soon.

Rachel is being joined at the academy by former Park College student Daniel Thomas.