Peter Karrie visited Ninian Park Primary School last week to help students prepare for a special musical production which will be performed in front of family and friends in the school hall on 26th November.
Bridgend-born Peter is a renowned musical theatre star and first played the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s record-breaking musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, before going on to play the role in Toronto, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vancouver and the Millennium tour of Great Britain. His performances earned him the title of the ‘World’s Most Popular Phantom’, as voted by the Worldwide Phantom Appreciation Society.
Peter’s experience was evident as he guided school children through renditions of some of the musical theatre favourites including ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’ from Annie, and ‘Close every door’ from Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dreamcoat.
The unique musical production which will take place at Ninian Park primary later this month, will provide parents and friends with the opportunity to see their children performing alongside a theatrical legend. Eight year old pupil Om Hirani will be giving a solo performance. He said:
“It was great to sing with Peter and to learn from somebody who has performed to big audiences all over the world. I love singing and can’t wait for my Mum and Dad to see our concert. We all had a lot of fun practising and I think everybody will really like the songs.”
Peter, who will be headlining a masquerade ball at Cardiff’s 5* St. David’s Hotel & Spa hotel this New Year’s Eve, does a lot of community-based performances across the UK.
He said: “I am passionate about grassroots music and theatre and am always keen to support local initiatives and perform at small, intimate venues. I do a lot of community-based work and visit small theatres and concert halls up and down the country to share my experience and bring the magic of musical theatre to smaller audiences.
“It is always inspiring to work with school children and see the amazing enthusiasm and sheer enjoyment music can bring out in them. Musical performance at this local level can provide a great platform for emerging talent and can offer a huge confidence boost for children in expressing themselves.
“I was honoured to be invited to Ninian Park Primary and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I’m sure the event later this month will be well attended and well received by family and friends of the school. The children will put on an excellent show and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
For further information on the New Year’s Eve Masquerade ball at St David’s Hotel or to book a ticket, visit www.thestdavidshotel.com or call the St. David’s Hotel events team on 02920 454045