Cloyne Musical Theatre Student to Compete at World Championships of Performing Arts

By Alan Sheehan

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Sarah Gilroy, a musical theatre student from Cloyne, travelled to the United States this week to compete in the World Championships of Performing Arts which takes place in California from 30 June to 9 July.
Ms Gilroy will be the only competitor from Cork traveling to the US to represent Ireland at the 21st World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), where she will take part in three categories: World, Broadway and Open.
“Yes I'm heading to The World Championship of Performing arts,” said Ms Gilroy. “I'm going to be competing as a soloist in three different categories; World, Broadway and Open. In the World category you have to sing a song from your country and I will be singing Red is The Rose. In the Broadway category I'll be singing Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid, and in the Open category I can sing whatever I wish so I'm still deciding on that. As well as the competition we are getting the chance to tour Hollywood, go to Universal studios and much more. I can't wait and can't believe how fast it has crept up on us.”
After Ms Gilroy was chosen to compete at the WCOPA, a very successful Variety Concert was organised at the Midleton Park Hotel host at the start of February to fundraise to send her to the US.
Ms Gilroy is a student living in Dublin where she has just finished her first year studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at American College Dublin, having previously attained a diploma in Musical Theatre with Dublin Institute of Technology. Having first performed on stage as Frenchy in her school’s production of Grease, Ms Gilroy has gone on to play a variety of roles at venues in Cork and Dublin, her favourite of which being Ariel in The Little Mermaid, a song from which she will sing at the competition.
The 21st Annual International Performing Arts Championships begins in earnest tomorrow, Friday 30 June and will run for just over a week musicians, singers, dancers, actors, and models from over 50 countries across the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa will travel to Long Beach, California to perform before 75 judges in what has been nicknamed the Talent Olympics.

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