Darlington woman asks for help to fulfill her dream career in musical theater

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A TALENTED young woman from the North East calls for help to achieve her dream of a career in musical comedy.

Becca Nesham, 23, who grew up in Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, has been offered a place at the prestigious London School of Musical Theatre.

Former students include Emma Hatton, who recently completed a 19-month run as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked.

However, the fee for the one-year course is £16,500, so Becca has embarked on a fundraising campaign to secure the coveted place.

So far she has raised £10,500 – £3,500 through a scholarship, £4,000 through crowdfunding and the rest through scholarships – but she still has £6,000 to go.

“It’s so much money to come up with, but a career in musical theater has been my dream since I was little,” said Becca, who was raised by her grandmother, Jean Nesham.

“My mother had me when she was very young, so I owe my grandmother so much, and I want to make her proud of me.”

Becca, who attended Croft-on-Tees Primary School and Hurworth School, has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember and joined Darlington Arts Academy when she was eight.

She made her first stage appearance in Hairspray shortly after, and joined the Pauline Quirke Academy, Darlington, after winning a one-year scholarship at the age of 16. She loved it so much that she didn’t want to leave, just as she was allowed to continue as a teaching assistant.

Becca appeared in the Monty Python musical, Spamalot, with the Darlington Operatic Society, before graduating with a first-class degree in musical theater from Newcastle College (University Center), overcoming study challenges during the pandemic.

Her first professional show was in The Snow Queen, with Northern Stage, in which she was the understudy for the lead role.

She now works at The Juniper Tree bistro and cocktail bar in downtown Darlington to save as much money as possible ahead of class from September.

“There is a lot of talent in the North East but it’s really difficult to get there because the costs to go to London are so high. It will be difficult, but not many people will have the opportunity to go to the one of the best musical theater schools in the country, so I’m determined to make it happen,” Becca added.

“Nothing can replicate that feeling of excitement and happiness you feel just before stepping on stage to perform in front of an audience.”

  • To help Becca’s dream come true, go to www.gofundme.com and search ‘Get Becca To London Musical Theatre‘.
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