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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Young Llan performer is West End smash

A TALENTED young performer from Llangollen has won glowing praise for his part in a West End concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Childline charity.

Cassius Hackforth was one of the young stars from across the UK chosen to take part in A Fabulous Musical Afternoon at the Arts Theatre, which also saw an appearance by musical legend Marti Webb.

* Cassius Hackforth
when he appeared in the
Young Uns' production
of Half a Sixpence
The show was a fast-paced review of the classic musicals of the last 60 years programmed by Robert Page and presented by a company of over 30 performers.

Cassius, who attends Ysgol Dinas Bran and played Bulfrog to great acclaim in last year’s production of the musical Honk! by Llangollen Operatic’s Young ‘Uns junior section, took to the stage in the second half of the show.

And, according to a critic from the London Live Review, he virtually stole the show.

The report says: “The solo performance of the day did not belong to the West End stars. It belonged to a young man called Cassius Hackforth.

Putting children in a show is always a risk on a bill of top West End talent.  

“However, Chay had proved in the first act that the Facebook winners were some of the best young singers in the UK.  

“Cassius has already bagged a lead role with the National Youth Music Theatre. This performance of Different from Honk was totally mesmerising and he owned the theatre.  

“In fact, it was so fantastic that Sylvia Young who was attending the show offered him a free Summer Place at her famed Summer School. A bright future is surely ahead for Cassius.”   

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