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Students take on task of organising summer ball

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Photo: (back l to r) Macy Minasseh, Verity Jones, (front l to r) Laura McCann and Karleen Sibanda are organising the 2015 Glyndŵr University Summer Ball

April 29, 2015

A student bar will be turned into a spectacular fantasy fairy tale arena inspired by Disney film Into the Woods when it hosts an annual summer ball.

Events management students tasked with organising Glyndŵr University Students’ Guild’s 2015 end of year celebration are basing it around the box office movie starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Johnny Depp.

Karleen Sibanda, Verity Jones, Laura McCann and Macy Minasseh have taken on the job of delivering the ball this year as part of their degree studies.

The unique opportunity has given them hands-on experience of creating and organising an event within budget from concept to completion, preparing them for a career in the events industry.

The ball takes place on Friday May 22 in The Centenary Bar at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium.

Verity said: “We’re being assessed on how well Into the Woods goes so there’s a lot resting on it for all of us. We want it to be a brilliant event for students to celebrate the end of the year and we’re confident it will be.

“The theme is fresh and something we feel everyone can relate to. The scope for an Into the Woods theme was huge so we’ve had chance to be as creative as possible

“This is probably the biggest event any of us have organised and we’re really grateful for being given the opportunity to do it. We’ve learnt a lot and it’s been a real team effort from everyone around Glyndŵr University.

“One of our theatre students Rosie Brown acted in the trailer we’ve produced, which was filmed by Dave Jones from the art school.”

In keeping with Glyndŵr University’s community spirit, the students have sourced some of the materials which they’re using to dress out the Cent from Hope House Hospice’s shop.

They’ve also had advice and support on organising the event from Eamonn Hunt, director of Sheffield-based live production company Very Creative Ltd.

Eamonn has worked as a production manager for live tours of some of the world’s biggest music stars, including Madonna and Kylie Minogue.

“It’s been fantastic to have his experience to call upon,” said Laura. “The amount of behind-the-scenes work involved in putting on a live event is massive – it’s been a real eye-opener for all of us – and we’re grateful for his input.”

The ball runs from 8.30pm to 2am on Friday May 22 at the Centenary Bar and tickets cost £15. This includes a drink and snack on arrival, live band and DJ and another snack at midnight.

Tickets are available from the Students’ Guild office and Catrin Finch Centre Box Office.

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