Variety show raising money for performer’s dream scholarship to be held in Weston-super-Mare this weekend

PUBLISHED: 18:30 20 July 2017

Jack Evison has won national scholarship.

Jack Evison has won national scholarship.

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A fundraiser which is designed to help propel a talented Weston-super-Mare youngster to a career on Broadway or the West End will be held this weekend.

A variety show in aid of Jack’s Dream will be held at the Grand Pier, in Marine Parade, on Saturday from 7-11pm.

The event will be raising money for Jack Evison, who is targeting a career in showbiz, but needs to raise money to fund a dream opportunity.

Jack, aged 16, has been awarded scholarship at the prestigious Collins Performing Arts (CPA) College in Essex, but is not eligible for accommodation support due to his age.

That means the ambitious teenager must raise tens of thousands of pounds to make his dream a reality.

Recent alumni at CPA include chart-topping singers Jessie J and Anne Marie, and the dancer is hoping he can emulate their success.

Jack’s mum Zoe Evison hopes her son can study at CPA and make it to the top.

She said: “He wants to do musical theatre on the West End or Broadway, and he’s already been in a number of shows at The Playhouse.

“Pier owner Michelle Michael has offered to help and is mentoring him, and she has helped by giving him the Regency Suite on the pier on Saturday.

“It will be a variety showcase of local talent, plus a few professional performers.”

The variety show will feature musical, dance, comedy and magic performances, and some of Jack’s friends will showcase their skills on the bill too.

Top-quality magician Paul Brook, who recently finished a stint wowing the high rollers in Las Vegas with his sleight of hand, has leant his time and will take to the stage.

Ms Evison said she has been ‘blown away’ by the support Jack has received so far.

She added: “It’s amazing; it’s lovely that people have bought into his dream and helped him. It means everything. He’s very grateful and overwhelmed.

“What he wants to do the same for someone else in the future. He’d love to help others follow their dream.”

Tickets, priced £15-16.52, are available from Nightingale in Waterloo Street or can be booked online via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-variety-showcase-registration-35042521124

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