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Monday, July 10, 2023

Double Eisteddfod delight for young entertainer Shea


* Eisteddfod executive producer Camilla King, left, presented Shea Ferron and Makenna Malkin with their prizes for being respectively runner-up and winner of the Voice of Musical Theatre.

* Shea Ferron during his performance.

* Winner Makenna Malkin from the USA. 

* Finalist Fflur Davies from Wales.

* Finalist Sophie Kaloustian from the USA.

* Finalist Seth Velez from the USA.

* Labschool Indonesian folk dancers open the show.

* Soul Oasis from Trinidad and Tobago closed the show. 

* Loughgiel Irish folk dancers.

There was double delight for the young local entertainer who sang on the main Eisteddfod stage with Alfie Boe last week.

At the festival’s closing concert last night (Sunday) 20-year-old Shea Ferron from Ruabon won himself a £1,000 prize when he was runner-up for the coveted title of Voice of Musical Theatre after beating off a bevy of stiff international competition.

The contest, the preliminary round of which had been held earlier in the day, is an audience favourite and is aimed at the future stars of contemporary popular music.

After having the once-in-a-lifetime chance of sharing a song with his hero Alfie Boe during last week’s opening Eisteddfod concert, Shea sailed through the prelim with a heady score from adjudicators of 87 marks.

He faced four other finalists – three from the USA and one from Wales – in the big decider on the Pavilion stage last night.

After a nail-biting contest, which adjudicators said was one of the closest they’d seen, an overwhelmed Shea, a Manchester performing arts student who is  already a star of the singing and acting circuit locally and regionally, took a highly creditable second spot to young American performer Makenna Malkin to the delight of his many supporters in the audience.

His winning repertoire was Hard to Speak My Heart from the musical Parade, Who I’d Be from Skrek the Musical and You’ll Be Back from the West End hit Hamilton.

The concert opened with a dazzling display by Indonesian folk dance group Labschool who had landed the Eisteddfod’s dancing championship earlier in the day.

There was also an appearance by the Loughgiel folk dancers from Northern Ireland and Soul Oasis of Trinidad and Tobago closed the show. Compere for the evening was Sian Thomas.

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