Rydal Penrhos pupil Ruby James to make West End debut this summer
31st March 2016

A young acting hopeful at a Colwyn Bay school will make her West End debut this summer.

Ruby James, a Year 10 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, has been accepted to take part in Westend Stage, regarded as the most prestigious theatre summer school in the country for young people aged eight to 21.

The talented 15 year-old was inspired to apply after a number of Dramatic Society performances under the guidance of the school’s Head of Drama and English Leah Crimes.

Her most recent performance was Mrs Dubose in an adaptation of the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which proved a big hit on three sold-out nights last month.

Throughout the week, Ruby will join other students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where notorious actors such as Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig and Orlando Bloom all trained.

She will be put through her paces in Singing, Dance and Drama, as well as receiving specific industry based workshops, led by West End stars.

The group will also get the chance to experience a West End musical in person, and will get the chance to quiz the cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory following their performance.

They will also receive an acting masterclass from senior cast members ahead of their big night on stage.

Acting head Roger McDuff, said: “This is something I know Ruby has been working towards for a long time and we are delighted that her efforts have paid off.

“She is very talented and has an incredible passion for the performing arts, and this experience will undoubtedly be something she will treasure for a long time.

“Everyone at Rydal Penrhos wishes Ruby the very best of luck in her preparation and of course on stage, and I am sure she will do herself and the school proud.”

Westend Stage gives young people from all over the UK the chance to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Rydal Penrhos pupil Ruby James will make her West End debut this summer as part of the Westend Stage summer school.

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