A STUDENT from Coleg Ceredigion is soon to be following in the footsteps of acting legends such as Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig and Orlando Bloom after being accepted to attend a prestigious acting course in London’s famous West End.
Ross Parry, who is currently in his first year studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, will make his West End debut this summer with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which is one of the top drama schools in the UK.
Ross will be working with ‘West-End Stage’, the UK’s leading theatre summer school programme for young people aged between eight and 21, which allows coursegoers the chance to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, which is also home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.
Ross said: “I am absolutely delighted, amazed and extremely excited to have been accepted to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama this summer. When I’ve completed my current studies, in Performing Arts at Coleg Ceredigion, I hope to apply to the Guildhall on a full-time basis or continue to university to study drama at degree level.”
He will be joining a host of other students on the Guildhall School programme, and will be put through his paces singing, dancing and performing drama. Additionally, Ross will be receiving specific industry-based workshops which are set to be led by West End stars.
Students will also be taken to the hit West End musical ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and given the opportunity to question the cast during a private questioning and answering session, as well as attending an impressive masterclass led by some of the cast members.
Ashley Wallington, Curriculum Manager for the Performing Arts at Coleg Ceredigion, said: “This is such a brilliant opportunity for Ross, not only to attend the summer school but also to work alongside industry professionals. It will be a life changer!”
Ross concluded: “ I always dreamt of performing in London’s West End and I can’t believe I’m actually going to do this in August. I feel very honoured!”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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