Curve Young Company members awarded funds from The Lewis Sewell Memorial Trust.
The young actors were awarded their grants at a presentation that took place on Monday, March 7, following a performance of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.
The funds will enable both Grace and Molly to apply and audition for theatre schools and courses.
“I am still in shock at the amazing opportunities this has opened up to me and I’m so thankful to be supported by such an incredible trust,” said Grace.
Molly added: “I feel truly honoured to have received this grant. It’s going to change my life and I am so grateful for all the kind people at the Lewis Sewell Memorial Trust for believing in me and my talents."
A little about The Lewis Sewell Memorial Trust
Established in memory of 18-year-old Lewis Sewell, a young actor and avid lover of theatre from Castle Donington, Leicestershire, who tragically died from a rare form of cancer in August 2020.
In the months leading up to his death, Lewis worked to lay the foundations for the Lewis Sewell Memorial Trust, which was later established in 2021.
The trust aims to support up to five young people each year, enabling recipients to realise their potential in theatre through financial support.
In May 2021, Lewis’ family and friends completed an 18 mile walk each day for five days - one mile for each year of Lewis’ life – visiting theatres across the East Midlands, including Leicester's Curve Theatre.
The walk raised funds not only for the Trust but for Rainbows children’s hospice, where Lewis spent the final days of his life.
Speaking at the grant presentation, Matt Sewell, Lewis’ older brother said: “The Lewis Sewell Memorial Trust was born from Lewis’ hospital bed to help aspiring young actors overcome financial barriers and achieve their dreams.
“This award would not be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of Patron Dame Arlene Philips and West End actors Sabrina Aloueche and Cleve September, who would like to congratulate Grace Ford and Molly Power, the recipients of this award.
“For all that he has done in his short life I can safely say that I have never been prouder of my little brother and his legacy.
"I am extremely humbled to have been able to share his story with you all.
"It seems fitting for Lewis’ name to live on at Curve as well as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where the Lewis Sewell Scholarship is to be launched.
"I’m delighted the very first Lewi's Award will be going to not one, but two outstanding recipients who both demonstrated significant passion and determination."
Written by Aimee Culverhouse
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