Vilma Ledferd and LaDarius White, who are looking forward to graduating from Royse City High School in May later this year, were recently accepted to a highly-regarded performance arts school.

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, which has campuses in New York and Los Angeles, is considered by many as one of the top theater and drama schools in the country.

Ledferd and White were accepted into the program in New York after an audition process that included more than 35 cities throughout in the U.S. and beyond, including Brazil, Israel and South Korea.

Ledferd and White have been friends since a young age and have shared their love of performance. In January, the two played major parts in “Shrek! The Musical,” produced by the Royse City High School theater program. Ledferd played “Princess Fiona,” the female lead, with White playing “The Donkey,” another major character.

Playbill magazine, a monthly magazine that reports news about the theater scene, reported in September 2018 that the performing arts academy was the fourth most represented school on Broadway.

The college reported that graduates have recently been part of Broadway shows like “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia,” “West Side Story” and “Wicked,” as well as multiple major film and television productions.

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