A talented young performer who has West End aspirations, has been put forward for a Gazette Young Performer of the Year Award.
It’s already been an incredibly busy year for musical theatre star Scarlett Summer Ford, after bagging a role in a West End show and scooping a national award for her singing.
Now the 12-year-old from Westoe, South Shields, hopes to shine bright in her home town when she takes to the stage at this year’s Young Performer of the Year performance evening.
The accolade, sponsored by Port of Tyne, is part of the Best of South Tyneside Awards and looks to honour outstanding performers in the borough.
Proud parents Sharon and Jack Ford said they are delighted with how much their daughter has already achieved.
Dad Jack said: “She attends Lumsdale Theatre Arts and is totally committed to dancing, singing and performing.
“There, she learns musical theatre and all kinds of dancing as part of their training for the West End.
“She has also been training with the Northern Ballet in Leeds where she goes twice a month.
“She has had a fantastic last year which she has won several titles throughout the country.
“She was picked out of hundreds who auditioned for roles of sewer children in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which toured last year, and managed to get a small solo singing part in it.
“She has been nominated for the Danse Classique awards for the last two years and this year she won the under-14’s Vocal Award.
“She was also asked to perform her tap routine as part of the cabaret on the evening, alongside performers from ‘Strictly’ TV show.”
Adding to her list of achievements, the Harton Technology College pupil has also won the school’s The Niall Quinn Award for her commitment and achievements in sport.
She is currently down the last audition stages of Matilda which is due to tour from November this year.
Mr Ford added: “She has been performing since she was just seven and she would a love a career in performing on the West End.
“We are so proud of her.”
Sponsoring the overall Best of South Tyneside Awards this year is electronics giant Siemens as the headline sponsor, along with a host of category sponsors including, Harlow Print, Northumbrian Water, South Shields Football Club and the Customs House.
We are asking for nominations to be submitted by Friday, September 1.
After the deadline there will be a night of live performances by all of the young contenders in the running and that will be held on September 5, at the Customs House.
The top three will then be chosen by judges to move on to the Best of South Tyneside grand finale at the Quality Hotel, in Boldon on September 21.
These are the sections to choose from:
• Role Model
• Neighbour of the Year
• Greener South Tyneside
• Child of Achievement
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Entrepreneur of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Sporting Excellence
• Sports Team of the Year
* Young Sportsperson of the Year
• Community Champion
• Student of the Year
• Community Group
• Volunteer of the Year
• Child of Courage
• Young Performer of the Year
• Lifetime Contribution
To make a nomination, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the category you wish to nominate and provide your full contact details, including email address and phone number along with those of your nominee.
Nominations can also be posted to Lynn Wild, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.