Ceri-lyn was awarded a Training in Musical Theatre grant in 2007 to help subsidise the cost of her tuition fees and living expenses to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
On her graduation day she was cast as Janet in the European Tour of The Rocky Horror Show. She then went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in A Night of 1000 Voices and in 2010, Ceri-Lyn was cast as Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which then went on to tour in both LA and New York.
A career in the performing arts is always going to be difficult, so it would be easier to do something else. Unfortunately there's never been anything else I've wanted to do.
Ceri-Lyn says, "When I left my little hometown thinking I was going to be one of maybe 100 people that want to do musical theatre I was very wrong. For every one of you there is 8,000 people who are just as good or better than you, so you know... it's having determination to go to an audition and walk in and go: "This part's mine, I want it". A career in the performing arts is always going to be difficult and competitive, so it would be easier to do something else. Unfortunately there's never been anything else I've wanted to do.
From the initial financial support given to me so that I [could] accept my place at the Royal Academy of Music, Miriam and her team of mentors have been present at almost all of my professional performances. When I know the Performing Arts Fund team are in the audience, I feel almost as nervous as I would if my family were in!"
During 2007 Jennifer's voice broke down completely because of a burst vocal cyst. With her parents' support and a high standard of clinical care she worked extremely hard to get her voice back to a high standard. The grant awarded to Jennifer by the Performing Arts Fund paid for all the after care sessions she needed and also all travel costs to and from London to ensure she could see the best doctors in the country. Now recovered, Jennifer has successfully completed her training and embarked on her career.
Emma began a one year course at the London School of Musical Theatre in September 2007, and has been working hard ever since. In April 2007 she played the Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at the Bridewell Theatre on Fleet Street.
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