Crowdfunding Campaign to Help 11-Year-Old West End Star’s Italia Conti Dream Come True
A HEARTFELT JustGiving crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help the child star of West End musical ‘The Railway Children’ realise his dream and claim his place at the famous Italia Conti acting academy.
Eleven-year-old, Milo Claes won a coveted place at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts after auditioning against hundreds of young hopefuls, but his family are having difficulty in finding the £13,000 tuition fees required.
Previous Italia Conti students include Tracey Ullman, Bonnie Langford, Russell Brand, Naomi Campbell, Pixie Lott, Sir Noel Coward, Patsy Kensit, Claire Goose, Lisa Snowdon and Leona Lewis – just to name a few.
On the JustGiving page it reads: “At the age of seven, Milo had his first professional pantomime role as John in ‘Peter Pan’. One year later he was one of the Babes, Arthur, in ‘Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood’, with Magic Beans. He also performed as Henry in ‘The Railway Children’ and as little Peter at the King’s Cross Theatre.
“Last year, in 2017, he was a lost boy in ‘Peter Pan’ at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury with Evolution Productions. He also featured in three short films and appeared on television with Diversity in BBC’s ‘The Playlist’ in 2017 and in ITV ‘Scrambled’ in February/March 2018 where he was star of the week three times.”
On receiving the acceptance letter from the academy Milo said: “I was so excited. It took me a while to realise what was written in the letter, I was just speechless and so happy. A dream coming true. I adore singing, I love acting and I like dancing too. I take every opportunity to perform and the stage is where I feel best.”
Milo’s mother Katrien Emmerechts, 41, said: “We are so proud of Milo. All his hard work has paid off. And we realise that this is just a start. After the high of finding out that he has been offered a place, we had to come back to reality and start looking for a way of affording the fees. We would all be so devastated if we can’t accept his place because of lack of funding which is why we have set up this page.”
To show his appreciation and determination, Milo has even stated on the JustGiving page that he will send a personal ‘thank you’ message for every donation of £50; will sing a song and send it to anyone who donates £100 and even sing at an event of your choice within the UK for a £200 donation.
Milo told his mother that he wanted to be a performer when he was just three. She looked for drama schools close to their home in Orpington and enrolled him in the All the Arts Theatres (ATA) school, based in Bexley and Bromley, which he attends four times a week.
ATA principal and former soap actress Lucy Morgans said: “Milo grabs every opportunity to perform, take exams and rehearse. He has been hugely successful in recent years, winning roles in The Railway Children in the West End, professional pantomimes as well as dancing with Diversity in a recent BBC TV series. It would be a travesty for this dedicated young man not to accept his place. He is truly one of the hardest working pupils we have ever met.”
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