A?COWBRIDGE school pupil has landed a major role in a brand new production ‘Tiger Bay the Musical’.
It is a Wales Millennium Centre production and will run later this year in Cardiff from November 14 to November 25.
Plucked from an open audition process in December, Ruby Llewelyn, aged 11 from Llantrisant, a pupil at Cowbridge Comprehensive School, will share one of the leading role with Louise Harvey, aged nine from Rhiwbina.
Ruby already has an impressive pedigree in terms of performing.
“I was the voice of Igam Ogam, a very popular little girl in prehistoric times. It was an animated TV series, starring Ruth Jones and ran for 27 episodes.”
It involved a quick dash for Ruby and her mum Sian after school to get down to the studios at Cardiff Bay to do her voiceovers.
“I was also in the Sky comedy series Trollied. I was in one of the funniest scenes in which an incompetent butcher was cutting up a dead pig!”
Ruby has also starred in a number of adverts for such big names as Aldi, Iceland and Dairylea.
Ruby is also a keen musician, studying cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
She said: “I found out I had got the role the night before Christmas Eve, which was the best Christmas present.
“At first it was like I’d won a competition but it is starting to sink in now that I am going to Cape Town and be in a musical. It’s just a dream come true.”
She says that Mr Colbourne and Mrs Williams who encourage youngsters in performing arts at Cowbridge Comprehensive School have been “inspirational” for her.
‘Tiger Bay the Musical’ includes the excitement of two months of rehearsing and preview performances at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa.
Tiger Bay the Musical will bring to life the rich cultural history which helped shape the Welsh capital.
Ruby’s role is pivotal to the storyline as it explores intergenerational and class relationships in the early 1900s when Cardiff Bay was one of the world’s busiest ports.
Graeme Farrow, artistic director of The Wales Millennium Centre said: ‘We held open auditions in Butetown to give local talent a really good chance of attending the auditions.
“Finding Ruby and Louise, who only live a few miles away, is a gift to us and will help us tell the awe-inspiring story of Tiger Bay with authenticity and passion.”
Tiger Bay the Musical is being produced in association with Cape Town Opera, maintaining the long-standing relationship with South Africa born from one of the centre’s original philanthropists, South African businessman, Sir Donald Gordon.
Tiger Bay the Musical will premiere in Cardiff in November 2017. Tickets are on sale now: wmc.org.uk. For all the latest news, follow @tigerbaymusical