A talented young performer from Llanwrtyd Wells is following in the footsteps of Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran and Grammy Award nominee Sam Smith.

Alice Cox, 19, has been chosen by Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the leading music theatre company for young people, to perform in the new musical ‘WILD’.

Over a thousand young people auditioned for a place in the musical, but Alice is one of the lucky 40 performers to be selected from a national audition tour.

Production student Alice said: “I have been absolutely buzzing with excitement, and have never been more ready to begin work on a show! I can’t wait!”

County Times:

Alice Cox has been selected by Youth Music Theatre UK to perform this summer in a new musical entitled ‘WILD’.

Since leaving Builth Wells High School, Alice has been working as a teaching assistant at The Oratory Preparatory School (OPS) in Reading where she is currently directing an end-of-year murder mystery comedy for Year Eight.

Alice has always enjoyed acting and was encouraged by her dad to join the Mid Powys Youth Theatre. After five years with MPYT then moving to Reading, Alice says she has grown in confidence and gained and developed social skills.

The feeling of dejection from failed drama school applications spurred Alice to gain acting experiences elsewhere.

A school teacher at OPS encouraged her to audition for the YMT and she auditioned in Cardiff.

“I went along to the audition without any proper dance training so that was very harrowing! The dance tutor took no nonsense. I thought I’d failed, it was awful.”

She added: “I’ve had singing coaching from my mum, Helena Cox, the head of music at OPS, since I was a little girl. The singing part of the audition was definitely easier and I felt very confident. Then I had to do a monologue from ‘My Fair Lady’.”

Alice said she went into a “minor meltdown” after reading an e-mail from YMT after work.

“After the disappointment of being rejected by universities, it was a lovely surprise. I’m so excited and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. I can’t wait to really act together as an ensemble and meet the all-female cast.”

Performances of ‘WILD’ take place at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth on August 24 and 25.