STAGESTRUCK teenager Euan Sanderson is all set to leave Sheffield for the bright lights of London - where he has won a place at one of the country’s best drama schools.
The 19-year-old made it through two tough auditions at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and will start his studies in October.
And no one is more delighted than the teacher who first spotted his potential five years ago, Abbeydale Grange School’s head of drama Caroline Maher.
“Euan was a very quiet boy, he didn’t say much and he was often overpowered by others,” she said.
“But one day we were improvising and I asked him to look through a window, imagine he was in a home and that people were visiting - but then he realised they weren’t visiting him.
“I just saw the look of despair come across his face and I thought ‘this is it - he’s the one’.”
At that time Euan was determined to join the RAF, but Caroline convinced him he was born to entertain.
Soon he was starring as Iago in a Shakespeare for Schools production of Othello, before leaving Abbeydale to complete a two-year acting course at Norton College.
Caroline said: “When Euan finished at Norton he got in touch and asked if he could come back to Abbeydale to work as a drama technician. He was still very young and wasn’t yet ready to move on.
“He wanted to learn about what goes on behind the scenes, about set design and construction and so on, which is a good thing for a young actor.”
But Euan was still front of stage, too.
Caroline said: “Last summer he played Hamlet in another youth production at the Crucible and he was absolutely brilliant. Someone told me they thought the production was better than the theatre’s big-name version.”
At the Central auditions Euan was competing against hopefuls from all over the country and from overseas too, coming up with one contemporary and one classical piece. His ambition now is to be a solid, working actor and Caroline believes he has every chance of success.
“It’s quite strange - Euan is still not the confident, ebullient type - but they say it’s the quiet ones you have to look for.
“He is obsessed with the stage and it shows.”