Llanelli teen singer Sam Morris tipped for West End success
A LLANELLI sixth former has been tipped as a rising stage star of the future, set to follow in the footsteps of Burry Port's John Owen Jones.
Ysgol y Strade student Sam Morris is making waves in the Carmarthenshire theatre scene, fuelling his aspirations to make it big in the West End.
And the 17-year-old has notched himself a place on A Night with the Stars at Ffwrnes in November.
Performing solo on the night, Sam will be sharing the stage with such big names as Welsh classical singer Shan Cothi and popular baritone Mark Llewelyn Evans.
And he admits he is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to perform alongside them.
"I love singing and I love doing what I do," Sam said.
"It's kind of a dream, I take in every little moment of it and I hope it will go well."
Sam plans to perform killer numbers from the shows such as Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Miserables, and Anthem from Chess.
"I'll be performing a few renditions of songs from the musicals, songs that a lot of people sing, but I have fallen in love with them as well," he added.
With Sam returning to school this month for his final year, he already has his sights on securing a place in one of London's highly competitive performing arts colleges.
Since shining in the role of Marius in SA15 Stage School's run of Les Miserables, and Link Larkin in Hairspray, Sam has been taken under the wing of Cerith Owens, director of Loud Applause Productions.
Mr Owens, who is the organiser of the show said: "The Llanelli area seams to be a real hub for new talent.
"I'm trying to open doors and nurture some of our rising stars.
"Sam is exceptional with hopefully a big future ahead of him."
On November 16, Sam opens the bill at Ffwrnes for A Night with the Stars.
A charity concert, the proceeds will benefit Shan Cothi's pancreatic cancer charity, Amser Justin Time – set up in memory of her late husband.
Headlining the concert will be Cothi herself showing off her operatic and musical theatre repertoire.
Mr Owens said: "We are delighted that she is part of the evening.
"With Shan there, it is bound to be a sell out."
Hosting the evening is baritone Mark Llewelyn Evans, who will also be performing some songs from his new album This Guy's in Love.
Also on the bill will be Cor Meibion Llanelli and an exciting new gypsy folk group called Sipsi Gallois.