Teen musician drumming up panto support

Teen musician drumming up panto support

Llanelli Star, 20 November 2009

PANTO season is almost upon us – and a Gorseinon teenager is determined to drum up support for one colourful local production.

At the age of just 14, Dylan Goldring is among the UK’s youngest pantomime musicians. He’s rehearsing to be drummer in Cinderella at Pontardawe Arts Centre in December – a production which is being staged in association with the Swansea’s Class Act Theatre School (Cats), which teaches children and young people the performance skills involved in drama and theatre arts.

Dylan said: “Panto’s fantastic fun to be involved with.

“There’s a great team spirit with Cats and with this production – we’ve been rehearsing since September and can’t wait for opening night.

“Cinderella at Pontardawe is going to be a fabulous family pantomime.

“I’m from a big family and know the importance of being together and having fun at this time of year. Panto is brilliant for doing that.”

Dylan – a student at Olchfa School – is a self-taught musician playing drums, acoustic guitar and bass guitar. He’s also an accomplished singer.

He got his first drum kit for his eighth birthday, and by the age of 10 he was playing rhythm and blues on stage alongside close relatives in professional band The Goldring Brothers.

This will be the third consecutive year he has been drummer for the Cats panto at Pontardawe.

He joined Cats four years ago and has since taken the part of Oliver at Swansea’s Grand Theatre.

He has also succeeded with key roles in High School Musical and other productions at the Grand and at Gorseinon’s Penyrheol Theatre.

Dylan and dad Colin this year reached the semi-finals of GMTV’s Number One Family talent contest and has produced a demo CD of his own songs as he targets a recording contract.

Jill Williams, proprietor of CATS, said: “Dylan’s a talented young man and it’s wonderful to have him on board for Cinderella. “The whole company is determined to put on a polished show full of colour, fun and laughter.”

Cats has more than 300 members aged as young as seven.

Weekly classes are held in Cockett, Pontardawe and West Cross.

Skills taught include the use of voice and speech, movement and singing, and young entertainers have the chance to take part in regular high-standard shows at theatres.

For details call 01792 863767, email jillwilliams.cats@yahoo.co.uk or visit www.classacttheatre.co.uk.

Cinderella is at Pontardawe Arts Centre from December 14-22. Tickets are available from £5, call 01792 863722 or visit www.pontardaweartscentre.com.

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