A TALENTED teenager from Birchencliffe is celebrating winning a top prize at a prestigious arts contest.
Lucy Crossley, 16, was awarded the Charlotte Dawson Memorial Trophy for Most Promising Singer at Fleetwood Music and Arts Festival.
She also won The Elsie Izod Trophy and The Fleetwood Star Plate.
The teenager, who is a student at V Academy of Performing Arts (VADA), said she was delighted to have won at a competition renowned as a first step towards a professional career.
The budding musical theatre actress is hoping to study at the performing arts school ArtsEd in London and her ambition is to perform on a West End stage.
“My dream role would be Eponine in Les Miserables,” she said.
Lucy’s mum Michelle added: “We are so proud of her, she’s done so well. We’re really pleased for her after all her hard work.
“Lucy has been going to VADA since it started and we’ve seen a real difference in her confidence and her singing has really improved.”
VADA in Copley, near Halifax, was started two years ago by director Vanessa Buckley.
Lucy’s trophies were among 11 won by VADA students at the festival. Young thespians from the academy also took four second places and five third places.
VADA offers lessons in acting, verse and prose, musical theatre, mime and reading for performance, all accredited by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts for children aged from three to 18.
It is the first stage school in West Yorkshire to secure the rights to West End hit Elf The Musical which will be performed in December next year.
Vanessa said: “I’m so proud of Lucy. Her confidence has improved so much since she started at VADA and her acting has really come on.”