Young soprano represents Wensleydale at prestigious arts festival

Alana Teasdale.

A Wensleydale youngster has competed in a prestigious regional festival of speech, drama, dance and music.

Alana Teasdale, from Askrigg, took part in the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Regional Festivals Championships, which were held in Pontefract on Saturday.

Performers from throughout the region competed to win the championship titles and prizes.

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Each performer has already been a winner at their respective festival and has been nominated by that festival committee or an adjudicator.

Alana, 12, represented the Wensleydale Tournament of Song.

She is a mezzo soprano and sang “Almost Nearly Perfect” by Marc Shaiman, from the stage musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

Musical theatre has been a passion for Alana from being a very young age.  She has been involved with The Wensleydale Music & Theatre Group, where she has performed in various roles in Pantomime.

She has been part of local youth groups, including The Wensleydale Musical Theatre Project, and her school choir.

As an individual, under the expert tuition of Diana Hartley,  Alana has gained Grades 1 – 5 in LCM Musical Theatre examinations.

Alana is also a member of a Richmond & Zetland Harriers and has represented her area in cross country running.  She enjoys most sports, and dog walking.

Mum Carolyn said each performer was awarded a certificate for representing their own area in the festival and a prize for best in each category was awarded.

“Alana didn’t get the vocal prize, but she did do Wensleydale proud, with a confident musical theatrical performance,” she added.