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  I go to the Sylvia Young Theatre School
Updated 04 February 2003, 09.26
Alex is a drama student and wants to star in musicals when she's older
Alex Bird is in her third year at the famous Sylvia Young school, where children interested in music and performance can go and study.

Here she tells Newsround how she got a place at the school and why it's different to normal school.

"I've been signed up to an agency and working since I was six-years-old.

I loved it so much I auditioned for a scholarship at the Sylvia Young school so I could train full time while still doing my academic studies.

In my audition I first of all had to do a workshop. Then in the second round of auditions I had to prepare a song and a dance and read a speech they gave us.

Fact File
Some famous past students include:
Emma Bunton
Jon from S Club
Billie
The Appleton sisters
Scott from Five

I like doing dance the best - I really enjoy doing jazz.

So far I've been in lots of West End musicals, including the main character in The Secret Garden, and also parts in Les Miserables, Tommy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Whistle Down the Wind.

School is in two parts

The school week is split into two parts. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are devoted to out normal academic work like maths and science, then Thursday and Friday we do our non-usual studies like drama.

For me, the best thing about my school is being able to really enjoy the last two days of the week doing fun work!

And the worst part? It's got to be the four floors that we have to run up and down after dance class.

15 minutes of fame

When you think about TV pop I think good for them. But I think in the end it's just 15 minutes of fame and I think they'll only be famous for the length of their first single.

But if they have true talent then they will go far. I did watch Popstars: The Rivals and I enjoyed watching it.

It would be great to be a pop star but I really like being on stage and performing live in front of an audience."

Alex, 14, Hemel Hempstead


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