A talented young actress has been signed up by a London-based theatrical and talent agency, which will put her forward for film and TV roles.
And delighted Zara Sumner admits it is a dream come true to be on the path towards achieving big things in the world of performance.
The 15-year-old from Acklington landed a place on the agency, whose name cannot be disclosed, after impressing at an audition.
Zara wowed a panel of three agents with her delivery of Kellie Powell’s monologue And Turning, Stay.
Her name is now in the frame for a variety of work and she has just had auditioned for a part on a BBC ident – which is an on-screen channel identity.
On top of this, she is now a member of online international casting directory, Spotlight.
Zara said: “I didn’t think it was real at first when I found out that I had been accepted.
“Performing the monologue was really quite scary so it was amazing to be selected and it is brilliant to get your foot in the door.”
Zara’s passion for acting started when she was seven, when she performed in Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland.
She has been a loyal and dedicated member of the group ever since and has sung, acted and danced her way through many of its shows, including Aladdin, Bugsy Malone, Cats and Sweeney Todd.
She has also performed in two National Theatre Connections Festivals and has been a willing backstage volunteer at the Playhouse.
Zara insists that the Youth Theatre has been a massive influence on her development.
She said: “The Youth Theatre has been amazing and I don’t think I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Playhouse Youth Theatre.
“I love acting and I really like the idea that when you’re acting, you can be a completely different person and you can use different emotions and different facial expressions. It is liberating and it gives you a real buzz.”