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Sophie Platt rounds up the news from The Centre.

Special Screening for Films Produced by School Pupils

A screening of four short films made by pupils from four schools in South Wales has been held at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Aspire 2Be were commissioned to produce films which promoted the Centre’s creative learning programme. This was for a project WMC Direction 2020 iBroadcast, a collaboration between the Centre, Aspire 2Be and Sean Holley Media.

Twenty-five pupils, aged 12 and 15, filmed and edited four short films, allowing them to develop their digital skills as well as give them a taste of broadcasting and production.

Each school focused on a different topic of the Creative Learning programme:

  1. Ysgol Plasmawr – Radio Platfform

  2. Llanishen High Autism Base – Performance Platfform and Sing Proud Cymru

  3. Cardiff West Community High School – Rawffest

  4. Porth Community High School – Together Stronger

Museum of the Moon Art is Installed in the Centre

A beautiful new installation of the moon has been installed in the Centre for winter.

Created by Luke Jerram, it captures the incredible detailing of NASA imagery of the lunar surface onto a seven-metre sphere. As well as being beautiful on the outside, it is also internally lit, with the sphere representing 5km of the moon’s surface. The moon is also brought to life by the BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones playing to create a space like atmosphere.

This experience is available in the Wales Millennium Centre until 5th January 2020.

Casting for ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ Announced

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is a highly successful production which has won an Oliver, Tony and Grammy award, and it is coming to the Wales Millennium Centre.

The true story of Carole King’s musical career, it features some of her most famous songs such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend and The Locomotion.

The cast for this inspiring musical has been announced. Daisy Wood-Davis is playing Carole King, as well as Adam Gillian playing King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin. Laura Baldwin will be playing Cynthia Weil; Cameron Sharp is playing Barry Mann; Susie Fenwick is King’s mother Genie Klein and finally Oliver Boot is playing the music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner. Vicki Manser will also be playing Carole King at certain performances.

Toyan Thomas-Browne, Reece Budin, Ronald Brian, Carly Cook, Julia Dray, Jordan Fox, Louise Francis, Chloe Gentles, Katrina May, Grant McConvey, Jacob McIntosh, Samuel Nicholas, Leah St Luce, Mica Townsend and Damien Winchester are also joining the cast for this remarkable musical.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will be touring at the Wales Millennium Centre 9th-14th March 2020.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Comes to Wales Millennium Centre

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werg The World is back with a brand new production for 2020. This will be their fourth iteration of the widely successful tour in the UK and Europe.

After a failed experiment has left Drag Race judge Michelle Visage deserted in time with no way of returning, the rest of the team must travel through different periods in history to find a way to bring her back home.

The show will star Asia O’hara Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Monet X Change, Plastique Tiara, Shea Coulee, Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo, Yvie Oddly as well as the winner of Season 1 of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werg The World will be visiting the Wales Millennium Centre 10th May 2020.

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