A TEENAGE girl with a passion for musical theatre is to star in the regional final of a singing competition.
Sarah Benbelaid, 14, of Moorhouse Road, Kenton, will perform The Wizard And I from hit West End show Wicked at the TeenStar contest on Saturday, March 16, at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, in front of an expected audience of 300.
Sarah’s mother Amanda Benbelaid said: “Dancing is what she has done since the age of four and she’s appeared in lots of things in and out of school. She has been in various productions.
“The singing has only come to the fore recently.
“Musical theatre is all she wants to do and she’s taking dance and drama among her GCSEs.
“She took part in the Seven Dials Open Mic spot, at Watford Palace Theatre, recently and she was invited back as a guest singer. This encouraged her and she's been practising there once a month.
“She went for an audition at The Beck Theatre a week ago [for TeenStar] and sang Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae, and she made it through.”
Sarah attends Flash Musicals Youth Theatre, in Edgware, and Sue Nieto Theatre School, in Mill Hill, and will soon represent Park High School, in Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, in an inter-school competition at Finchley Arts Depot.
She has also recently portrayed Myanmar pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi in a school-related performance at a theatre in Stevenage, in Hertfordshire, and hit the stage to display her dancing rather than vocal skills at the 100% Dance showcase at Harrow Arts Centre in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, on Saturday.
If Sarah wins the TeenStar regional final, she gets to perform at the national final at indigO2 in the O2 in Greenwich.
Mrs Benbelaid said: “She’s been performing in front of people for a number of years but she gets really excited.
“I think she’s quite philosophical about her chances of winning though.”