THE search is on for a talented young singer to perform with opera superstar Bryn Terfel at July's eisteddfod.
Casting directors are seeking a young boy to play Tobias Ragg in the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd which will open this year’s star-studded Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths, said: “Somewhere out there is a young lad who doesn’t know it yet but in a few months he’ll be on stage with Bryn Terfel in front of a packed Royal International Pavilion.”
Auditions will be held in February at the Eisteddfod’s home in Llangollen where Mr Griffiths will also be searching for two more performers to join an all-Welsh cast for the show on Monday, July 7.
Mr Griffiths added: “As well as young Toby, we’re looking for two 18-25-year-olds to play the key roles of Anthony Hope and Johanna Baker, the two young lovers in this fantastic production.”
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is set in 19th century London and tells the story of the barber who murders his clients and supplies the bodies to his accomplice, piemaker Mrs Lovett.
Sondheim’s multi-award winning classic was first performed on Broadway in 1979 and has since been a regular production across the world and was adapted for the big screen in 2007.
Bryn Terfel hasn’t sung the role since 2007 and it will be the first time he has performed on the International Eisteddfod stage since he opened the 2006 festival.
Bryn Terfel said: “I’m absolutely thrilled I’m able to appear at the 2014 International Eisteddfod. I’m a proud Welshman and the International Eisteddfod is unique. The atmosphere, the colour, the audience, even the flowers, it really is a very, very special event.”
Eilir Owen Griffiths said: “It’s brilliant to have Bryn back this year and what an experience for those who come through the auditions to be on stage with him.
“I feel the Eisteddfod has a duty to encourage young talent in Wales and what an opportunity for those young up and coming singers, possibly complete unknowns, to come and star in this production. Giving young people the platform and a stage is something I really believe in.
“We need to be leaving a legacy and giving an opportunity for young people to shine.”
Anyone interested in auditioning in February should contact the Eisteddfod office by email on email@example.com for more information.
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