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Performing arts students at Pembrokeshire College had their vocal talents put to the test when the Welsh National Youth Opera (WNYO) visited as part of their travelling workshop scouting for future opera stars, aged 16 to 25, to join their innovative and critically acclaimed company.
Dyfed Wyn Evans, vocal specialist with the WYNO, led the workshop where the students were given a master-class in skills for the stage, combining singing, acting and performance activities. Dyfed commented: “Through the workshops we are aiming to breakdown some of the barriers to opera and show young people that opera can be fun and can open doors within the industry. We have been touring Wales promoting our 2013 production within a number of colleges and universities. The students we have met at Pembrokeshire College have been some of the most enthusiastic and talented performers that we have come across and we now hope that many of them will take the next step and audition for a part in our 2013 production.”
The WNYO performs every two years at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff and offers young performers a unique opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of Wales’ top theatre professionals as well as giving them the opportunity to build contacts and benefit from a wide range of coaching and mentoring activities.
Clive Raymond, lecturer in performing arts and music at the College, invited the WNYO in to work alongside performing arts students and commented: “We last worked with the WNYO in 2010 which was a fantastic experience for our students, and this years’ workshop more than matched our expectations. Former students have gone on to work with the WNYO and we hope that many of our current company will audition for the WNYO’s 2013 production of Paul Bunyan.”
Tailored directly to the company’s summer performance, the skills developed as part of the workshops are directly relevant and transferable to any career in the performing arts, including theatre and TV.
Isobel Sherwood (aged 18), was one of the students to take part in the workshops and commented: “The exercises were really useful and helped me to build my skills in character development which I will now be able to use throughout my course. The workshops were great fun and the leaders really inspired us.” Fellow student Alex Tannahill (aged 17) added: “The workshops have been really insightful. The people leading the activities were really friendly and made sure everyone was able to get involved. I am hoping to pursue a career as a TV actor but will definitely be auditioning for the WNYO as I think this would be an amazing experience.”
The WNYO will be holding auditions on 14 November in the Merlin Theatre at Pembrokeshire College. Anyone interested in auditioning should visit www.wno.org.uk/wno-youth-opera for details on how to apply.