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Tough fight to enter Shanghai Theatre Academy

STARTING from Saturday, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 students from across China will compete for 50 slots at Shanghai Theater Academy's most coveted Acting Department.

An admission official at the academy said the entrance examination would last about one week with tests in recitation, singing, dancing, gymnastics and an impromptu performance.

"The students will face tougher competition this year in terms of quick wits, passion and acting skills as the Acting Department has 25 fewer slots compared with last year," said Zhang Shengquan, the admission official.

After the exam results are released in mid-April, the students are required to take the national college entrance exams in early June and reach the score set by the academy to be accepted.

Although many students are attracted to the major of performing art due to its lower academic requirements, Chen Hongya, a mother in her 40s, has confidence in her daughter's talent in acting.

"I'm the only one in the family supporting her decision," said Chen. "I know how hard the competition is, but my daughter should have a chance to pursue her dream, instead of living a life according to the will of others."


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