Rising star wins two National Operatic & Dramatic Association awards

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A rising star has been recognised for her acting talent with two national awards.

Caitlin Bannister, 11, from Fatfield, Washington, was overjoyed after she was presented with two National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) awards for her performances in Peter Pan and A White Christmas.

The actress from Rainbow Youth Theatre based in Harraton, starred as Susan Waverley in Fatfield Musical Stage Society’s production of A White Christmas and took the leading role Peter in Rainbow Youth Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

The Biddick Academy pupil was presented with the Individual Youth Performance award and Councillors Shield for Youth award for the two roles the at a ceremony held at Rainton Meadows Arena on September 12.

But this is not the first time she scooped a NODA award -she previously won the NODA award for Individual Youth Performance in 2013.

Mum Tracy Carr, 36, said: “They are national awards which are important as they will look good on her CV. It was an absolutely amazing night when she was presented with them. We are so proud.”

The Rainbow Youth Theatre group run by Freda Brennan. has around 30 members aged between eight and 18 years old who put on two shows a year.

Caitlin was nominated for the awards after NODA representatives spotted her in preforming in the two shoes.

It’s been a year of success for Caitlin who reached the regional final as a runner-up of the Rotary Club Young Musician 2015 in March this year where held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

In August she was one of the four girls that won a competition to become one of the “Alice’s” in Sunderland for the month of events that were held in the town.

Now she is taking on the role of Alice again in Rainbow Youth Theatre’s production of and Alice Through The Looking Glass in November.

Full-time mum Tracy added: “We are really proud and so chuffed for her.”

The show will run on November 7 at 7.15pm and November 8 at 2pm and 6pm. Tickets can be bought for £6 on the door.