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Norfolk’s a place to find plenty of talent and one former Cromer schoolgirl is doing her best to champion that cause. GAY WEBSTER spoke to singer Rebecca Kelly, who is on tour with a production of Bohemian Rhapsody, which brought her back to her home county.

Singer Rebecca Kelly’s fantasy has certainly become real life with her latest musical role. The former Cromer High School and Paston College student is on tour with Bohemian Rhapsody, a show paying tribute to the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen. It’s the kind of music she grew up with and she loves the way the audience always listens in hushed reverence as the first bars of the title song begin. “It’s my favourite song to perform in the show,” se said. “There’s no plot, just great music as a tribute to an outstanding singer. Joining the cast was a dream come true as I am a massive Queen fan.” Rebecca was speaking from Inverness before the show travelled to Norwich Theatre Royal, when she was looking forward to performing to a local audience including proud mum Dawn, who lives in Cromer. And she was full of praise for her

local training ground at Cromer High and Paston, where she was taught by Mandy McKenna, who was planning to see Rebecca in action, and with the Far East Theatre Company.

Rebecca, who moved to the county with her family at the age of 11, has fond memories of her time at Paston, saying: “It has an enviable reputation for its educational opportunities and is a great proving-ground for talent.” Her love of performing started at school

where she “joined in everything”. Never having had a singing lessons she believes she was “lucky” to go on to join her first band locally aged 16, The Scratch Band. There followed a stint as a karaoke

presenter and singer in Cyprus after she arrived aged 19 with just a backpack and a few pence in her pocket. “The gigging was invaluable for me, talking to the crowd and building a solid performing foundation,” she said. Like so many

performers before her there was work in holiday parks, too, before the audition for her current role. “I didn’t think I had a cat in hell’s chance as everybody else had musical theatre experience,” she laughed. But it was obviously meant to be and Rebecca started rehearsals in late March with performances from May, which finished in Glasgow on July 6. Then who knows?

What is certain is that Rebecca will continue to champion the local Norfolk talent. “People tend to dismiss you when you are from a small town,” she said, pleased she has proved those people wrong.

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