An ambitious teenager with a talent for musical theatre is up for a top award.
Rebekah Grace Summerhill has been nominated for the Young Performer of the Year category in the Best of South Tyneside Awards.
The 15-year-old from South Shields is a passionate performer and hopes to one day make it on the West End stage.
First, Rebekah hopes to shine bright on stage at the Young Performer performance evening at the Customs House, South Shields.
Sponsored by Port of Tyne, the award aims to showcase outstanding talent in the borough.
In her nomination, Rebekah’s proud mum Karen Dixon said: “She has been dancing since the age of four.
“She has had fantastic success being part of Sunderland’s Dance Jam school attending competitions and worlds competitions.
“At the age of seven she started doing musical theatre with Starset, so she gets to sing and act as well.
“She has appeared in many shows and she has done shows at The Customs House many times and performed in other theatres across the UK.”
Over the years, Rebekah has also performed at many charity events to gain stage experience as a soloist and, earlier this year, was a supporting act for the Newcastle artist Channy Thompson.
Rebekah also took part in the North East Artists Collective Charity Single ‘One Last Time’ to help raise funds for those involved in the Manchester terror attack - the single being released on iTunes.
The Harton Technology College pupil is also getting set to audition at some top performing arts colleges where she hopes to receive the qualifications to work in musical theatre on the West End.
Her mum added: “I am really proud of her, she has been working so hard.
“She had a brilliant response to her part on the track for the Manchester victims and it was such an emotional experience for her.
“She has been in the Young Performer competition for the last two or three years now and it helps to get her name out there.
“She just loves to perform.”
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.