Youth Talent winners announced

Winners (from left to right) Kaitlin Nihill, Emma Gaynor, Jessica Potter, Lara Cristofani, Sophie Highmore and Tamara Needham, photo  by Philip Meddows

Winners (from left to right) Kaitlin Nihill, Emma Gaynor, Jessica Potter, Lara Cristofani, Sophie Highmore and Tamara Needham, photo by Philip Meddows

SEVENTEEN year-old singer Kaitlin Nihill, a familiar face in Canberra musicals,  took  home the $1000 grand prize in The Canberra Youth Talent Show, it was  announced last Saturday.

Three excellence awards of $100 each were also awarded in the areas of dance, singing and music, with Legs National Team taking the prize for dance. Lara Cristofani (aged 11) took the prize for singing and Tamara Needham (aged 14) took the award for music.

Producer Kirsty Budding (aged 25) praised the widespread support from local theatre and arts companies, many of whom sent representatives to help judge and support the young artists involved.

These, she said,  included the artistic director of Free-Rain Theatre Company Anne Somes, the artistic director of Dramatic Productions, Richard Block,  Canberra Opera singers Elisha Holley, Stephanie McAlister and Karyn Tisdell,  singers Kirrah Amosa and Rachael Thoms,  choreographers Jamie Winbank and Jordan Kelly,  musicians Steven Bailey and Vince Tee and actor John Kelly.”

In a time of funding cuts and anxiety in the arts sector, it is encouraging when a community rallies together to support a youth arts initiative,”  Budding said.
The Canberra Youth Talent Show will be seeking entries again in 2017.

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