A NORTH Devon stage school will be waving a fond farewell to one of its most promising bright young stars. The West End beckons for 17-year-old Hettie Pearson, from Bideford, who has successfully auditioned for a place at not one, but three of the UK s le

A NORTH Devon stage school will be waving a fond farewell to one of its most promising bright young stars.The West End beckons for 17-year-old Hettie Pearson, from Bideford, who has successfully auditioned for a place at not one, but three of the UK's leading performing arts schools. Hettie, a performer at Barnstaple-based theatre arts group Star Train since the age of 10, now has a tough decision to make about her future, after being accepted at the Italia Conti, Stella Mann and Bodyworks schools."Congratulations to Hettie," said Paula Sims of Star Train."Being accepted by three top schools gives a high degree of recognition to her all-round entertainment skills that have been honed by her enthusiasm and dedication over many years. "Hettie first joined us in 2000 and my husband Ray and I both looked upon her as 'Miss Show-biz' due to her ability to approach her lessons and stage work with a mixture of thoughtful and dynamic performances." Paula added that Star Train's principal dance tutor and choreographer Melanie La Tragna had worked closely with Hettie to guide her towards her goals, with supportive influence from drama tutor Peter Burford."Hettie is now showing leadership qualities as assistant to the main drama, singing and dance tutors at Star Train, until her departure in September for the bright lights.