Leeds teenager: ‘Please help keep my West End dream alive’

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A talented teenager from east Leeds is appealing for the public’s help to live her dream of being a performer in the West End.

Anna Keat 15, from Crossgates, has been selected to attend the exclusive weekly West End Masterclass (WEM) in London for elite young performers.

But she fears the costs of expensive weekly train trips - despite the efforts of her family to support her - will force her to withdraw from the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perfect her art. Anna currently splits her time between studying as a year 11 at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor, and developing her skills at Scala Kids Drama School in Horsforth, which she has attended since she was 10.

She said: “This is an ambition I have long had and thanks to WEM, it looks like that ambition is closer to a reality.

“I feel that I have come a long way towards achieving my goal but unfortunately, as with most things in life, it comes with a cost.

“I do worry I won’t be able to attend for much longer.”

Over the last few years Anna has performed in several productions, including Emmy award-winning composer Martyn Swain’s ‘Ruby and the 13th Door’. She was also chosen to sing in the choir at Ann Maguire’s recent memorial.

WEM aims to train students aged 12-30 to achieve successful entry into the top musical theatre and drama colleges and, eventually, a career in the West End. The classes are run by top industry professionals.

Principal of WEM, Lindsey Wise, said: “Anna is very hard working, committed and determined, with great vocal ability and potential to become a very well rounded performer.

“Any financial help towards Anna’s training with us would be extremely beneficial to her future.

“You will be helping to support someone who has a very bright future ahead of her.”

Email info@westendmasterclass.co.uk if you can help.

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