A budding Creemore singer wins provincial festival 0
Aislyn Fryer, vocal coach Selina Ree, and accompanist Keiko Yoden-Kuepfer at the Ontario Music Festival Association's Provincial Finals. Aislyn won for best Music Theatre in the elementary level on Sunday. Photo Credit: John Knox
A local Creemore girl sang her way to a medal at the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Finals on June 10.
Thirteen-year-old Aislyn Fryer won the Elementary Musical Theatre category at the finals in Peterborough for her performance of "Pulled" from the Addams Family.
Aislyn enjoys the expression and emotion she can put into her performance in the musical theatre category.
"Musical theatre is now something she wants to focus on," said Aislyn's mom Stephanie Fryer.
The young Fryer started singing two-and-a-half years ago.
"My cousin was singing for a while, and I liked the idea of that," she said.
Fryer has developed her singing with vocal coach Selina Ree.
"It was a nice chemistry. Selina is young, and it was a great fit, the two of them connected," said Stephanie Fryer.
Ree has been a vocal coach for three years. She encourages her students to go to the Kiwanis festival in Barrie as a way to practice their performing skills.
Aislyn is her first student to make it to Provincials, which Ree attributes to her hard work.
"She goes above and beyond the kids in her age level. She pushes herself and is good at taking instructions," said Ree.
In addition to her hard work, Ree says Aislyn is natural performer.
"She's a well-rounded kid. She's good at connecting with the audience," said Ree. "She has her own little charm on the stage."
Aislyn chose musical theatre because of the songs in the category, and works hard to understand the character.
"We talk about who the character is, and what the character looks like," said Ree. "If Aislyn can't relate to the story, we work to find something in it she can relate to."
Next year, Aislyn will be competing in an older age category, which will present a new challenge for the budding songstress.