National award for performer Corrine

PUBLISHED: 13:02 28 May 2014

Corrine Priest and Julia McKenzie.

Corrine Priest and Julia McKenzie.

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A PERFORMING arts student from Weston has won a national award.

Corrine Priest, aged 22, has been named the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year.

Corrine, who studied at Wessex Academy of Performing Arts, based in Weston College, is currently training at the London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT).

She was selected to represent LSMT in the competition, and beat students from some of the country’s best drama schools to get a place in the final 12.

She performed Don’t Laugh by Stephen Sondheim and the silver salver and £1,000 prize were presented by patron Julia McKenzie.

Corrine said: “This is certainly the most rewarding thing that has happen in my career thus far and I will never forget all the support that I have received before, during and after.

“I cannot thank the more than dedicated and talented staff at LSMT enough.

“Speaking on behalf of all the finalists, what a great event the competition is to celebrate the works of such a talented writer who has been very close to home since I was just 16. His quirky melodies, lyrics and texts provide stories which are just dreams to us actors.”

LSMT principal Adrian Jeckells said: “We are enormously proud of Corrine, she is a wonderful performer with a very bright and exciting career ahead of her.”

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