For years now, Trinity Young has been captivating the hearts of the Fil-Aussie community in New South Wales with her powerful singing voice. Just recently, she has come home with another feather on her cap when she brought home the Freddie G Outstanding Individual Performance and the Junior Festival All-Stars Awards from Sacramento, California after singing her winning piece, "Part of Your World" (from the Little Mermaid) when she participated in the recently concluded Junior Theatre Festival in California, U.S.A.
The Junior Theatre Festival (JTF) is the world’s biggest celebration of young people performing Musical Theatre. The JTF brings together student musical theatre troupes from all over the world for a weekend of musical theatre fun and competition. Sponsored by Playbill, Disney Musicals and Music Theatre International, the event features professional development for teachers, workshops for students and parents and a New Works Showcase featuring new musical adaptations that’s soon to be released. The experience concludes with a grand finale concert headlined by Broadway’s best.
Trinity’s journey to the 2020 edition of JTF began in 2018 when she was named Junior Theatre Celebration All-Stars and her school McKillop Catholic College (MCC) Warnervale won the National Award at the Junior Theatre Celebration held in New Castle. The MCC students performed an extract of The Little Mermaid Junior Production for educational consultants from iTheatrics in New York and musical theatre personalities from Australia.
In preparation for the JTF, Trinity underwent a rigid weekly rehearsal for the 15-minute performance and intense vocal training from her mom, June Young who is a professional vocal coach. On February 2, 2020, the Australian contingent composed of 18 performers left for the 10-day musical theatre training and to compete with more than a thousand performers from 47 schools around the world.
According to Trinity, "My experience was inspiring and life-changing. To be surrounded by so many talented people who enjoy the same as I, I was able to create great friendships and also build on different skills in workshops. I loved going to other places like Disneyland and the Universal Studios which I have always dreamed of. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
(The Freddie G Awards ceremony was named in honour of Musical Theatre International’s CEO and Tony Award Honoree Freddie Gershon. The Freddie G Awards ceremony is a celebration of the weekend’s accomplishment during the Junior Theatre Festival. Featuring over 50 different awards, the ceremony also highlights performances by the Festival All-Stars and outstanding groups. )