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Collier Row teen performs in West End and reaches next stage of nationwide singing competition

Shannon performed at Her Majesty's Theatre and has been sent through to the next round of the nationwide singing competition Teenstar. Shannon performed at Her Majesty's Theatre and has been sent through to the next round of the nationwide singing competition Teenstar.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
4:34 PM

A teen couldn’t imagine in her wildest dreams that she would perform at the West End and also make it to the semi finals of a nationwide singing competition, would become a reality.

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Shannon Borawski, 15, from Hillrise Road, Collier Row, not only was given the chance of a life time to perform in a new musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, but she has made it through to the London Area finals of the singing contest, Teenstar.

She said: “It is all a bit surreal at the moment as everything seems to be happening all at once. I just can’t believe it is happening to me.”

The musical was written by Havering College of Further and Higher Education lecturer, Peter Dayson, which tells the tale of the closure of a youth community club and the attempt to stop it from shutting down.

When Shannon heard of the college holding open auditions for some of the roles, she jumped at the opportunity last year and was overjoyed when she heard she was given a small role.

She said: “I wasn’t given the lead or anything but I was just so happy to be part of it and to have such an amazing experience. It was so nerve racking just before going on but when I did I loved it!”

But Shannon was beyond thrilled when she was put through to the next stage of the nationwide singing competition, Teenstar, after she sailed through the regional finals in February.

Changing the 80s classic “we don’t have to take our clothes off” by Jermaine Stewart into a ballad, the teen impressed the judges and was put through to the next stage of the competition.

Shannon said: “My singing teacher suggested the song choice to me and I wasn’t sure at first but when I started practising, it really grew on me and I think it came out really well.”

It was also because of the publicity she received through the Recorder, that Teenstar awarded Shannon the publicity prize, which meant she was given time in a recording studio to record six songs of her choice.

She added: “Since all of this started, my confidence has grown so much and I have loved every minute of it.”

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