SINGER Lauren Nevin's dreams came true yesterday when she beat stiff competition to land the role of Sandy in a new production of Grease the Musical at the Gaiety Theatre in November.
The 24-year-old was chosen in a nationwide talent search by RTE's John Murray Show for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Yesterday she won the coveted role in the musical - played in the movie Grease by Olivia Newton John (inset) - which runs in the Gaiety from November 5 to 16.
"I'm buzzing," she told the Herald. "I'm over the moon. I never thought in a million years I would win. The others were all so confident.
"When we did the final audition I just thought, 'I'm gone'. I thought one of the other girls would take it from me. I just bawled when I won."
Lauren said singing and dancing have been her passions since she was small.
This is her lucky year because straight after Grease she goes to London to rehearse for a Cinderella Christmas pantomime which will run until the first week in January.
"I've done everything that has been available in Dublin but the only real professional work here is in pantomimes," she said.
"The minute I heard about the Grease musical I went for it. I was scared because of my lack of confidence."
Lauren, from Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght, is the only one of her family to make music and drama her career.
"If you have that drive in your belly you have to go and follow it," she said.
Her singing teacher and agent Maureen Ward of MVW Talent Agency described Lauren as "the clear winner" of the competition.
"Her performance yesterday was brilliant, she just pulled it out of the bag. She was amazing," she said.
Lauren studied musical theatre and drama with the Royal Academy of Music and with the College of Dance in Monkstown in Dublin.
In 2012 she played the lead in Sleeping Beauty at the Tivoli and the following year she was Belle in Beauty and The Beast at the Helix.
At the moment she teaches dance and drama but tries to keep as much time as possible free for auditions .