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The young people of Merthyr Academy of Performing Arts get a master class from West End Star!     

The young people of Merthyr Academy of Performing Arts get a master class from West End Star! Caroline Sheen who has appeared in many West End shows as leading lady dropped in on Merthyr Academy of Performing Art’s rehearsals for their forthcoming production of the schools edition of Les Miserables this Sunday.
Caroline, who has appeared as Eponine in the West End smash hit musical was on hand to give the company some tips in the final stages of their rehearsals.

Zoe Richards, Director of Merthyr Academy said ‘It was a great opportunity for the cast and company to work with Caroline and also to find out about her career in the West End. In a question an answer session the young people were able to ask Caroline about her career and gain useful suggestions for their characters and performances. It was a great opportunity to bring a little bit of the West End to Merthyr Tydfil, where I believe there are a lot of undiscovered talented young people.’

Caroline who has recently finished the UK tour in the title of Mary poppins is keen to make sure that young people have access to the opportunities that will help them to pursue a career in performing arts. Caroline who was born and grew up in Caerleon, South Wales told the young people about her time in the local youth theatre and how it helped prepare her for a career as a performer.

Merthyr Academy of Performing Arts provides young People with the opportunity to learn all disciplines of the performance world led by experienced professionals. The academy is open to young people from the ages of 7-19 and they have a weekly session and also have the chance to take part in master classes with leading professionals from the west end stage where they will learn skills such as stage combat, dance, classical acting, and many more skills. Term fees will be £90 per school term. The academy will pride itself on 2 large scale productions per year which will include all of the students.

Benjamin Cole and Craig Rhys Barlow, past members of Merthyr Academy of Performing Arts who are now studying at prestigious drama schools such as RADA and Guildford Acting School valued their time at Merthyr Academy and regularly return to mentor our students and let them know how valuable the youth theatre experience is.

The schools edition of Les Miserables will be performed at Theatre Myfanwy in Merthyr Tydfil College from October 12th to the 16th. Tickets are selling fast for Merthyr Academy’s debut production. For tickets or for more info about joining Merthyr Academy call Zoe on 07816149856.
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