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After gaining thousands of fans on The X-Factor, Treyc Cohen wowed a group of student performers and artists during a visit to Birmingham Metropolitan College ahead of the launch of its new performing arts academy.

Currently rehearsing for the role of Dorothy in the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre's forthcoming production of The Wiz, Treyc and co-star, MOBO award-winner Allyson Ava-Brown, performed two Motown-style songs from the show to a rapt audience.

Joined by the production's associate director, Rae McCann, and associate musical director, George Dyer, they also participated in an in-depth discussion with performing arts students currently developing skills in musical theatre.

"As an incredibly talented performer who has achieved so much over the past 12 months, we were delighted to welcome Treyc, as well as her fellow cast and crew members to the college," said Paul Garnault, head of the forthcoming Birmingham Metropolitan Academy of Performing Arts (BMAPA).

"Our students gained a real insight into the core principles that make musical theatre so viable and could see what was involved in delivering a bold and unique production like The Wiz.

"By also hearing these professionals talk about the skills needed to be part of this industry, they were able to see how important it is to pursue performing arts education and training to the highest level possible in order to achieve success."

The Wiz will run at the New Alexandra from June 10 to 18. The production features professionals in the lead roles and a supporting cast from the local arts community that includes current and former students from Birmingham Metropolitan College.

students Leah Cohen.

The BMAPA will be officially launched shortly along with a new qualification in musical theatre.

For further information about Birmingham Metropolitan College call 0845 155 0101 or visit


Star-struck: Head of BMAPA Paul Garnault and students Leah Hennessy and Ophelia Madourie meet Treyc Cohen.
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Date:Jun 2, 2011
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