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From Whitford to Broadway!

Submitted by on 25/06/2015 – 7:40 pmNo Comment

Former Whitford resident  Alex Sharp became an overnight star, when he won the accolade of a Tony award for his inauguration performance on the Broadway stage in America

His award winning part was as Christopher in the play adaption of Mark Haddon’s book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. he was nominated alongside A-list names, including Bradley Cooper Bill Nighly and Helen Mirren. The character Christopher a 15 year old boy who describes himself as “A mathematician with some behaviour difficulties”. Although not labelled in the book ,it is considered by many in the know ,that he had either Asperger syndrome, high functioning Autism or Savant syndrome.

It was a demanding part requiring Alex to be on the stage for virtually all the time, requiring a lot of stamina. A number of Whitford and Musbury residents had been to New York to see him in the play. Alex in his acceptance speech dedicated his award to all of those who are misunderstood in life.

Alex was not offered a scholarship from any of the top London drama School, but persevered and eventually he has a placement at the world-acclaimed Julliard School of Performing Arts( USA). Before this wonderful twist of fate Alex was a student at Yeovil College: where he studied performing Arts.

The glittering star studded event took place at Radio City Music hall in New York City and was screened live by CBS. As well as the usual gratitude’s  Alex mentioned his Sister and his Mother Pauline, who were at the event. Pauline still runs Ballet and dance classes in Whitford Village Hall on Saturdays!

The play itself won other awards: Simon Stephens’s adaption won Best Play and Best Lighting Design of a Play. Also the best Direction of a play award, also went to Marrianne Elliot.