Just steps away from stardom?

Stage struck: Amelia at a recent Awards Night
Stage struck: Amelia at a recent Awards Night

Local vocalist Amelia Benoit, 14, got through the regional finals of the Teen Star singing competition in Liverpool last month. She recently sang her competition piece ‘Pie Jesu’ live on air at Radio Stoke.

18 months ago, she came second in The Potteries Theatre Company’s talent competition, moving the audience to tears with her rendition of ‘Arms of an Angel’. She also appeared in the company’s production of ‘Oliver’.

Currently she is a member at Five Towns Theatre Company having just done ‘Footloose’ and is now rehearsing for ‘Grease’. She in also rehearsing for ‘West Side Story’ with the Musical Youth Theatre in Stafford and will be singing ‘Over the Rainbow’ at their forthcoming concert. She sings with Barlaston Church Choir, at Stone Golf Club, where she is a member and at school concerts.

It was in Year 5 at junior school that Amelia’s vocal talents were first spotted.

”We had not realised that she had such a lovely voice until she was chosen to play the lead role in ‘Joseph’ at school. When she sang on the evening we were amazed and so were all the other parents,”

her mother Paula told the Gazette.

 “Amelia has danced since she was three years old and gets involved in workshops for musical theatre in the school holidays. It was at one of these workshops that we met her current vocal coach Lynne Pickles, who suggested that she take singing lessons. Since starting she has already progressed to grade 4 classical singing and her voice has grown in strength and range. The amazing thing is that you would think you were listening to an adult not a child.”

“Her passions are classical music and opera where she hopes to make a career in the future. Through the Teen Star Competition she will hopefully raise her profile and meet people from the industry,”

Paula explained.

“Amelia is currently learning ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ for the May Area Final at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.”