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Actor Korben White named eastern region's young performer of the year




A 12-year-old boy from Dickleburgh has won a regional acting award.

Korben as Michael in the musical Elf.
Korben as Michael in the musical Elf.

Korben White has been named the eastern region’s young performer of the year by the National Operatic and Amateur Dramatic Association following stellar performances as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Michael in Elf.

The student at Archbishop Sancroft High School, who has been acting since he was three, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. It’s been such a brilliant opportunity and I’m so happy to get it. The last year has been an amazing journey.”

Korben, who was simultaneously learning both roles, spent up to 16 hours a week in rehearsals.

His mother, Nina, said: “Words can’t explain how proud I am of Korben. He worked so hard, kept up with all of his school work and dealt with the whole thing in such a mature manner.”

Korben (here as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream) wants to go to stage school in London.
Korben (here as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream) wants to go to stage school in London.

He is not only well supported by his family but also by his school.

Head of school Robert Connelly said: “We are delighted to learn of Korben’s recent success. Korben is an incredibly dedicated student who has a drive and determination that will, no doubt, continue to lead to great success.

“He lights up the room and has an infectious personality. We are all incredibly proud of this wonderful achievement.”

In the future, Korben would like to go to stage school in London and, one day, feature in a movie.

At the moment, he is taking a break from acting to focus on his Lamda acting examinations in March, before auditioning for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang later in the year.

Korben, who has been described as an exceptional talent, showing enormous promise as an actor by his drama teacher Hugh Pearson, will receive the award at a ceremony in May.



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