Gympie talent rises to top
LITTLE Mary-Helen Buchan, 9, has proved Gympie girls are as good as any in Brisbane.
The singer competed in the vocal and choral section of the Brisbane Eisteddfod last weekend at Yeronga State High School and came away with a swag of awards.
Mary-Helen now has a second place trophy and two firsts from the under 10 prep age group.
And she was lucky enough to receive the Geoffrey Ashenden Musical theatre trophy awarded to the overall best in musical theatre.
"It was an incredible achievement," said mum Cindy Buchan - as there were 40 acts in the running for the award.
Mary-Helen dedicated her win to her late singing teacher Mr Brian Goldburg (OAM); his greatest passion was for the theatre.
Cindy said Mary-Helen had been singing for three years with Mr Goldburg and after he passed away his wife Margot took over.
The Monkland State School student has wanted to be involved in musical theatre or be a music teacher from a young age.
"Or something to do with pandas, cause she is panda crazy," mum Cindy said.
More recently Mary-Helen won the sub-junior section in Gympie's Got Talent with her speech and drama act, and that gave her the confidence to compete in Brisbane.
"It's good for her to experience that," Cindy said.
Now Mary-Helen will continue to focus on her singing - she also learns country music at the AICM.
The creative child enjoys performing in front of people and has performed for Gympie's seniors in the past to boost her confidence.