A teenager is one step closer to fulfilling a lifelong ambition after securing a place at a top theatre school.
Tom Bales has landed a place at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s art education school.
The 17-year-old beat off competition from more than 3,000 candidates to secure one of the 50 places and will start in September to study BA (Hons) in musical theatre.
The three-year course places the vast majority of graduates in West End productions.
Tom, a sixth form student at Whitley Bay High School, made his debut on stage as a seven-year-old at the Theatre Royal alongside Tommy Steele in ‘Scrooge’ where he played the childhood Scrooge.
Since then Tom, who lives in North Shields, has been involved in the musical arts attending the Newcastle Dance Centre – whose previous other students include Ant & Dec and Cheryl Cole – for several years where he studied singing, dancing and acting.
In October 2012, Tom landed his first leading role by the Whitley Bay Operatic Society as Don in ‘Summer Holiday’ which was received great reviews at the Playhouse Whitley Bay.
Most recently Tom took up the leading role as Alex in the world premiere of the newly re-written Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ‘Aspects of Love’ performed by Tynemouth Operatic Society.