LEVEN diva Donna Hazelton is set to perform in the town for the first time in almost a year this week.
Donna shot to fame in 2004 when she clinched just one of five places in the hit West End show ‘Chicago’ after emerging as one of the winners on Channel 4’s talent programme ‘Musicality’.
Since then she has performed around the world but Leven has always remained a favourite venue.
“It’s always good to come back. It’s always good to perform at home,” she told the Mail ahead of her ‘Different Stages’ show at The Gathering Place, Leven Parish Church on Friday.
“The show is basically a whole load of songs that I have done in my career, whether it be amateur or professional.
“I’ve put some nice songs in there but also some songs that some people might not expect me to sing.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Donna, who has always maintained her home in the town, rather than moving to the bright lights of London, is performing the gig on the back of a six-week trip to Dubai.
There she played the role of the Mother Abbess in the The Sound of Music at one of Dubai’s biggest theatres in the Madinat Jumeirah resort.
“I got a call from my agent to go down to London for a few auditions in February and that was the very last one and it went my way,” Donna explained.
“It sold out every single night. The audiences were completely different to here. They were more like a concert audience, they got involved and forgot it was meant to be live theatre. But it showed they enjoyed it and the more they got into it the more you realised they loved it.
“It wasn’t half an experience. What a place!
“The buildings are quite incredible, I went up the tallest building in the world the Burj Kalifa.
“It’s strange though as Dubai doesn’t have a history, it’s all about being the newest, the biggest and the best.
“What an experience it was though, quite something,”
With her Leven gig being made up of songs from throughout her career, whilst speaking to the Mail Donna took some time out to reflect on her career. She revealed: “Obviously my highlight has to be when Musicality happened but I’ve had lots of great things happen since with good shows and tours I’ve been involved in.
“I’ve met lots of lovely people who have became friends for life but Musicality was just something else.
“There has never been, nor will there ever be, another moment like that. It was really quite something.
“What’s been amazing is the people I’ve met, even some celebrities that have become friends.
“For a ‘wee lassie fae Leven’, it just wouldn’t have happened normally.”
•Harmony Concert’s present ‘Different Stages’ with Donna Hazelton accompanied by Stuart Brand on Friday, July 15 at The Gathering Place, Leven Parish Church from 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the church office, Sale of the Century on the High Street, or on the night.