Waylon was awarded a Training in Musical Theatre grant to help him study at the Arts Educational Schools, London. Having completed his training, Waylon is now performing in the West End show The Lion King.
Waylon's role in the show is diverse as he understudies for Simba as well as taking on the role of 'singer swing' which means he covers all the male singing parts. He has also recently begun rehearsals for some of the dancing parts too.
Performing in the show is a challenge but one he is very much enjoying: "I can't tell you how much I am enjoying myself at the moment being involved with a beloved musical such as The Lion King. Rehearsals are tough, and very frequent so as to maintain the show's high standard of dance, singing and acting, but I love every second... I thank the BBC Performing Arts Fund for helping me on my way to live the dream I'm living!"
Before being cast in The Lion King, Waylon appeared in the UK tour of Riverdance and The Screams of Kitty Genovese.
Mikel was awarded £3,000 to support him with his studies at the Guildford School of Acting. He says, "The first term at the GSA has been amazing. I have had such intensive lessons in acting, singing, dance and voice. Every day has been a challenge, if not physically and vocally, then definitely mentally!"
Tom began his training at the London School of Musical Theatre in 2009; an experience he says would not have been possible without support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund. "The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a fantastic scheme that aids the development of young performers so when I found out that I would be receiving this money I was over the moon."