First night gifts can be anything from a box of brownies to an elaborate bouquet. After the wildly successful press night of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at The London Palladium, producer Michael Harrison presented a gift for lead and ArtsEd graduate, Jac Yarrow, worth considerably more than an Interflora order!
Passionate about supporting the pipeline of young talent at ArtsEd, Harrison has gifted a full scholarship for a student on the three year degree course in musical theatre. “The idea is to put the scholarship in Jac’s name,” Harrison said, “it seems fitting that we found Jac at ArtsEd, and through him we’ll help someone else.” The Yarrow Scholarship will not only covers training fees, but lodging, food and travel expenses.
Jac was absolutely blown away by the gesture: “Making this gift – and making it in my name – is amazing. It’s out of this world.”
ArtsEd Principal, Chris Hocking declared: “That’s the most amazing opening night present you could ever get!” And revealed that the recipient of Harrison’s generous scholarship would be Ben Culleton, who took his A Levels at Tring Park and is described by Hocking as a “quadruple threat, because he’s a really charming young man.”
Overwhelmed and thrilled, Ben Culleton said: “I am really looking forward to joining this amazing school! Being around such inspiring students and teachers day in and day out will be very testing, but exciting at the same time! I can’t wait to carry on with this amazing journey.”