Aspiring young performers are being urged to make sure they take up their opportunity to star in Stafford Gatehouse Theatre’s Summer School production of The Wizard of Oz.
The iconic musical features favourite songs including; Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Only Had The Nerve, We're Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road) and many more that the whole family will be singing along to.
Auditions are now just four weeks away and are the only way to gain a place in the show. Places are available for youngsters aged between 7 and 21 who live in or attend a school in Staffordshire. Previous years have seen up to 150 children battle it out for one of the lucky spaces in recent productions, which have included Doctor Dolittle, Whistle Down the Wind and Peter Pan.
Auditions are on Sunday 17 May at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. The first session is at 9.30am for 7-12 year olds, followed by a session at 2pm for 13 – 21 year olds.
Summer School will start on Monday 20 July, with the production opening on Wednesday 5 August and running until Saturday 8 August. All candidates must be available for the entirety of Summer School.
Further information can be obtained by calling Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on 01785 619 080 or by clicking here.
Stone-based theatre group, Stone Revellers, are holding auditions for their next production A Midsummer Night's Dream on 22 and 26 April.
Shakespeare's hilarious and inventive play follows the story of four lovers who take refuge in the woods when the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage of Hermia and Demetrius. However, unbeknownst to them, they wander into the middle of a dispute between the king and queen of fairies.
Stone Revellers are the longest running theatre group in Stone and they are taking on Shakespeare's wonderful play this September. The first set of auditions will be taking place on Wednesday 22 April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and the second set of auditions are on Sunday 26 April from 10am to 2pm. The auditions will take place a St Michael's Hall (see map below). Audition pieces and more information can be found by clicking here.
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Amelia Lily is set to bring yet more X Factor to this year’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as she steps into the role of Narrator alongside fellow X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniel’s Joseph at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from 21 to 25 April.
After a successful 2014 tour, Lloyd Daniels reprises his role as Joseph for 2015, the musical also sees the welcome return of Matt Lapinskas (EastEnders) who will be donning his Elvis outfit once more to reprise the role of the Pharaoh. This colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits – including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.
Having garnered sensational reviews and standing ovations at every performance since its inception almost 35 years ago, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical has embarked on a new tour. With a fantastic company of energetic actors, singers and dancers, Joseph’s non-stop action, laughter and infectious fun are sure to delight young and old alike.
For more information or to book tickets for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat click here or call Belgrade Theatre, Coventry box office on 024 7655 3055.
The award-winning Lichfield Operatic Society return to Lichfield Garrick this week with their latest show The King And I. Running from 21 to 25 April, the company last performed the show back in 2003 and it was their first performance in the Lichfield Garrick after it opened.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical was thrown into the spotlight when Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr took on the leading roles in the film. The show delights audiences with well-known songs including Getting to Know You, Shall We Dance?, I Whistle a Happy Tune and countless others.
It tells the tale of the strong-willed, widowed English teacher who travels to Siam in the 1860s to be a governess to the many children of the King.
Playing the role of widow, Mrs Anna, is Dawn Welch and the King of Siam is played by Jordan Adams who have both been members of the society for a number of years. Julie Mallaband is directing, with accomplished musical director Jack Hopkins and choreographer Jess Lambert. With two teams of children playing Anna's son and the children of the King, the show will thrill Lichfield audiences.
Tickets are now very limited, so make sure to book as soon as you can. For more information and to get your tickets click here or call Lichfield Garrick box office on 01543 412 121.
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Star Workshops in Solihull is a group dedicated to 6-16 year olds interested in learning more about theatre. From acting, singing and dancing on stage, to learning about all the work that goes into creating a show, Star Workshops is the perfect introduction to all things theatre.
The group is ran by local award-winning theatre group, Union Theatre, and this allows all the young performers to take part in 1 or 2 full-scale productions with the Union Theatre company each year. Along with this, the workshops run during term time and culminates in an end of term presentation that is completely free for friends and family to attend.
Star Workshops is currently on the look-out for new members to join them from Saturday 25 April where the group will be focusing on Shakespeare's As You Like It. Not only will these workshops provide an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for young performers, there will also be the chance to participate in Union Theatre's full-scale production of As You Like It in July. No prior experience of theatre is needed and anyone is welcome to come along.
Workshops take place from 10am to 11am every Saturday at Christ Church URC (see map below) and each workshop costs just £4. For more information, visit the Star Workshops website by clicking here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday 20 April Bilston Operatic will be holding auditions for their upcoming production of Hairspray, which will be playing at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 10 to 14 November.
Hairspray follows the story of Tracy Turnblad who is given a place on her favourite show, The Corny Collins Show, but she can’t stand that they won’t allow integration and launches a campaign to make it happen. Filled with brilliant songs, this musical has a huge heart that will have you dancing in your seats.
Those interested in auditioning are required to sing a song of their choice and perform a short piece of poetry, prose or dialogue, again from choice. If auditionees require someone to read in a part, this can be arranged.
Auditions for Bilston Operatic's production of Hairspray will be taking place on Monday 20 April at Springvale Sports and Social Club (see map below). If you wish to audition for the company then please email email@example.com for more information and an application form.
The West End smash-hit Ghost The Musical made its Midlands premiere at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre back in June 2013 and now it returns with a production from West Bromwich Operatic Society. The company, who perform the musical from Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 May present a first for the show – being the only amateur production to date to perform the show on the same stage as the professional version.
Based on the phenomenal Oscar® winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Young professional Sam Wheat is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic – Oda Mae Brown, in the hope of saving her from his murderer in a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy.
Stepping into the original movie actor Patrick Swayze’s shoes is John Wetherall from Great Barr as Sam Wheat. John has been with the company for ten years and previous roles have included The Beast in Beauty and the Beast and Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles. He plays alongside Laura Stanford from Wolverhampton as Molly Jenson. Also from Great Barr, Psychic Oda Mae Brown will be played by Laura Wynter, Carl by George Stuart (Wolverhampton), Willie Lopez by James Mateo-Salt (Great Barr), Clara by Lizzie Buckingham and Louise by Charlotte DeAbreu (both from Walsall) and the Subway Ghost by Tipton’s Maison Kelley. Liam Sargeant from Wolverhampton will understudy the role of Sam Wheat and Olivia Jones (Sedgley) will understudy Molly Jensen. The cast is completed by an experienced company of local performers in supporting roles and as the dance ensemble. Ghost The Musical is directed by Simon Pugh. Musical Direction is by Adam Joy and choreography by Claire Flavell.
To book tickets for West Bromwich Operatic Society's production of Ghost The Musical, which runs from 13 - 16 May click here, or call the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's box office on 01902 429 212.
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From the author of the best-selling novel, The Woman in Black, comes a brand new stage adaptation of the gothic fireside thriller, The Mist in the Mirror. The world premiere production between Oldham Coliseum and imitating the dog will visit Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 April.
Adapted by award-winning writer Ian Kershaw (Shameless, EastEnders, Casualty), from author Susan Hill’s novel, The Mist in the Mirror is a tense and atmospheric new production with visual theatre innovators imitating the dog creating an unsettling ethereal atmosphere both on stage and off. An unsettling ghost story in the mould of Hill’s chilling West End smash hit The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror is staged as if audiences are eavesdroppers to a fireside ghost story.
Sir James Monmouth has spent most of his life travelling, following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, the explorer Conrad Vane. Returning to the England he left as a five year old orphan, Sir James is determined to discover more, not just about his origins but also about the early life of Vane. Warned against pursuing this quest, Sir James becomes ever more determined to unravel the mysteries of the past. But who is the mysterious pale, thin little boy who haunts his every step?
For more information and to book for The Mist in the Mirror, playing from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 April click here or call Belgrade Theatre, Coventry's box office on 024 7655 3055.
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Selly Oak based group, The Arcadians, will be presenting the Birmingham Amateur Premiere of Sister Act in May at the Crescent Theatre. Based on the smash hit movie of the same name, the show is a family-friendly, feel-good musical, with songs that promise to raise the theatre roof.
Sister Act tells the hilarious story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (played by Nicole Appleby) who unintentionally witnesses a crime and has to be placed in protective custody. Much to the dismay of the Mother Superior (played by Sarah Evans), the police hide her where they're sure she won't be found - a dilapidated convent.
Disguised as a nun, she immediately clashes with the Mother Superior who has problems of her own trying to keep the convent running. When Deloris turns the choir into the hottest act in the neighbourhood, the fame comes at a price. Funds are raised, but her cover is blown. With a dangerous gang giving chase, led by Curtiss (played by Jonathan Blake), time is running out for Deloris. But will her new found swinging sisters come to the rescue?
Head along to the Crescent Theatre, for a show that is not to be missed. Running from 5 to 9 May, tickets are between £15 and £18. Click here to book, or call the Crescent Theatre box office on 0121 643 5858.
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2015 is set to be a landmark year for The Old Rep, as the theatre begins a new lease of life under Birmingham Ormiston Academy, following a tender process in 2014. The Old Rep’s 2015 programming reflects their new ethos: to be a theatre for young people, run by young people. From ballet, to live music, classic British theatre and stand-up comedy, The Old Rep has something to offer everyone.
Produced by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield, Bouncers will play at The Old Rep from 15 to 18 April. The cast features an array of Northern acting talent, including Adrian Hood (Brassed Off, The Syndicate), Frazer Hammill, Robert Hudson (Red Riding, The Bill) and Chris Hannon (Lunch Monkeys, Being Sold, Topsy & Tim).
Set in a Pontefract nightclub, this award-winning play tells the story of a night out on the town with the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ, the late night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eyes of the Bouncers.
John Godber is a BAFTA award-winning playwright from Upton, West Yorkshire and is said to be the second most-performed playwright in Britain. Bouncers is a British classic, guaranteed to be a quick-fire, non-stop performance, which combines singing, dancing, mime and poetry.
The performances at The Old Rep offer the chance to meet the Bouncers, as they will come out into the audience prior to each show for selfie opportunities. Get involved on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #theyonlycomeoutatnight and #bouncerstour15.
Bouncers at The Old Rep runs from 15 to 18 April. Tickets are available at £15 per adult, with concessions at £13. Click here for more information and to book tickets, or call the Box Office on 0121 359 9444.
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