Birmingham Youth Theatre's next show, Bugsy Malone, is based on the hit 1976 film starring a pre-teen Scott Baio and Jodi Foster. The show is guaranteed to be good, clean, comedic fun!
Two gangs square off in a 1920s rivalry of Capone-ian standards. Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the "splurge" gun (a weapon that shoots whipped cream). Now Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble. Bugsy Malone, a one-time boxer, is thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight, when he becomes the last chance Fat Sam's gang has of surviving. All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love Blousey; but that just isn't in the cards for our hero.
BYT exists to teach young people (from all backgrounds) aged 9 - 18 performance-driven, practical musical theatre skills and provide the opportunity to perform in professionally produced shows in a real theatre environment. Students are taught to act, sing and dance, as well as learning all about stage craft. They are also taught about lighting, sound and stage management.
BYT have spent over 25 years nurturing the creative talents of future generations of performers and creative professionals and are always on the look out for young talented performers.
For more information on joining BYT, visit their website birminghamyouththeatre.com.
Birmingham Youth Theatre's production of Bugsy Malone plays at The Old Rep Theatre from Thursday 4 till Saturday 6 June. For more information and to book tickets, click here, or call The Old Rep's box office on 0121 359 9444.
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Following such successes as Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the worldwide amateur premier of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, SSA Drama Section invites you to auditions for their sensational summer season. The Solihull-based group are putting on two of the most influential and best-loved plays in British Theatre:
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Bethany Hughes
This sensationally witty piece tells the story of confusion, love and double identity as Jack Worthing’s alter ego is stolen by his irreverent friend Algernon Moncrieff.
Waiting for Godot
By Samuel Beckett
Directed by Thom Faulkner
An infamous absurdist play in which two men wait for the arrival of a man named Godot; during which time they quarrel, contemplate suicide and gnaw on some chicken bones
Joint auditions will be held on Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 of June at The Edge Theatre, Alderbrook School at 7.30pm (see map below). Performances are mid-August. You are not required to prepare anything just bring yourselves.
For more information, email email@example.com or if you are unable to attend audition dates, but still have an interest in the plays, make sure to let the group know.
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Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre proudly present a very special Concert to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Originally Lichfield Youth Theatre, the group was founded in 1985 by the late Pat Gibson and has grown from strength to strength.
Featuring a talented ensemble cast of past and present LGYT cast members, along with some surprise guests from the LGYT alumni members who are working on stage and off stage in the West End and beyond, the cast will be supported by their onstage orchestra with a celebration of songs from West End & Broadway shows from its past, present and future!
In November 1985, Pat Gibson along with the support of the Lichfield District Arts Association (LDAA) put on the show Grease with a group of interested youngsters at the Lichfield Arts Centre. Lichfield Youth Theatre, as it was known then, was then founded with Pat Gibson as Chairperson. Up until 1995 the group had a happy ten years at the Arts Centre. The closure of the Arts Centre in February 1995 due to structural problems brought catastrophic problems for the imminent production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. The show had to find a new home, and was therefore squeezed into a church hall half the size of the Arts Centre.
Due to the lack of a home, the group were forced to adapt and grow in order to stay alive. By producing larger shows such as Annie, 42nd Street, West Side Story and Guys and Dolls at the Lichfield Civic Hall. However, Lichfield Civic Hall was then marked for closure too, so in 2002 they produced their next show (ironically it was Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) at Lichfield Cathedral.
However, with the opening of the Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre was born. WIth extremely successful productions of Oliver! and Little Shop of Horrors, in November 2006, they performed their belated 20th Anniversary Concert dedicated to the memory of Pat Gibson who had sadly passed away a few weeks before. The Youth Theatre continues in her memory.
Since then, LGYT have delivered an impressive repertoire of shows at Lichfield Garrick, including Fame - The Musical, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, West Side Story, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and many more. Many of these shows were nominated for awards, and then, in December 2011, they won the Best Production Award for Oliver!
LGYT's 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert is a celebration of all things past, present and future. Current confirmed past members performing on the evening include Alex Wadham (currently touring the UK in The Mousetrap), Katie Kerr (recently finished the UK Tour of Wicked, and ENO’s Sweeney Todd starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson), Toby-Alexander Smith (currently appearing in the West End’s Mamma Mia) and Sam Buttery (Finalist on BBC’s The Voice and recently starred as Leigh Bowery in the revival of Boy George’s musical Taboo), with many more to be announced.
The celebrations are timely, as other alumni are embarking on exciting projects including Siobhan Dillon who recently opened in the role of Ellen in Miss Saigon, having also played the lead of Molly in Ghost (the next LGYT production in September), and Sian Brooke is currently in rehearsals, playing Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Benedict Cumberbatch for the National Theatre.
Featuring a combined cast of over 50 past and present members, plus a stunning on stage orchestra and lots of memories to be shared, the evening is set to be a fantastic showcase of Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre's past, present and most importantly future. Book online now at www.lichfieldgarrick.com and search LGYT to choose your seats, or call the box office on 01543 412 121.
Lichfield Operatic Society have just enjoyed a sell out run at the Garrick Theatre in Lichfield withThe King and I, which enjoyed fabulous reviews. Now for something a little different. In October they are performing The Full Monty and the production team are eager to find their leading man, Jerry.
Auditions for the role of Jerry take place on 11 June. Rehearsals take place on a Monday and Thursday in Lichfield with performances of The Full Monty taking place at Lichfield Garrick from 13 to 17 October.
For more information and to express an interest in auditioning for the role of Jerry contact Lichfield Operatic Official via their Facebook page here.
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Struggling to find something to do this half-term? Look no further than Horrible Histories.
Thousands of years after the Ruthless Romans, Savage Saxons & Vicious Vikings stormed ashore on the coast of Britain and the Gruesome Greeks competed in the first ever Olympic Games, Birmingham Stage Company's Horrible Histories plays at the Belgrade until 30 May. An hilarious instalment of interactive, 3D fun.
Based on the multi-million selling book series by Terry Deary, this brand new double-bill comes complete with eye-boggling 3D effects bringing entire armies to life before your eyes! Taking in over a thousand years of world history from Savage Spartans to Groovy Greeks, Ruthless Romans, Vicious Vikings, Smashing Saxons and Stormin’ Normans, this all-new show comes jam-packed with fascinating facts to ignite the imagination of audiences from 5 right up to 105!
In Incredible Invaders the Celts are crunched when the Ruthless Romans invaded Britain. Can crazy Caratacus can save the nation? Hide behind Hadrian’s Wall and witness the Savage Saxons smash their way in. Can you stop King Alfred burning his buns? Discover who’s at Sutton Hoo and survive the Vicious Vikings as they sail into the audience. It’s a thousand year journey with Incredible Invaders!
Groovy Greeks takes us from savage Sparta to angry Athens to discover the truth about growing up in Greece. Take on the Trojans and pummel the Persians! Compete in the first ever Olympic Games and appear in the very first play! Meet your match with the Minotaur and be zapped by Zeus! Hold on tight as you gate crash the gruesome and Groovy Greeks!
Birmingham Stage Company is one of the world’s top theatre companies for children and famous for its acclaimed productions of The Jungle Book, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Skellig and Roald Dahl adaptations including George’s Marvellous Medicine and James and the Giant Peach.
Tickets for Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders are priced from £14.75 - £19.25 for adults and £10.25 - £15.75 for children. Family tickets are priced from £41 to £57 (4 tickets, minimum 1 adult). To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk.
After last year's hugely successful production at the Crescent Theatre, All And Sundry
will be staging Of Mice And Men at the Palace Theatre, Redditch in October.
The group are still on the lookout for 4 actors to play the roles below, so don't miss this fantastic opportunity to be a part of an iconic piece of American theatre.
A "jerk line skinner," the main driver of a mule team and the "prince of the ranch". Slim is greatly respected by many of the characters and is the only character whom Curley treats with respect. His insight, intuition, kindness and natural authority draw the other
ranch hands automatically towards him, and he is significantly the only character to fully understand the bond between George and Lennie. Any age.......
A young, pretty woman, who is mistrusted by her husband. The other characters refer to her only as "Curley's wife". This lack of personal definition underscores this character's purpose in the story.
Steinbeck explained that she is "not a person, she's a symbol. She has no function, except to be a foil - and a danger to Lennie."
Curley's wife's preoccupation with her own beauty eventually helps precipitate her death: She allows Lennie to stroke her hair as an apparently harmless indulgence, only for her to upset Lennie when she yells at him to stop him mussing it'. Lennie tries to stop her yelling and eventually, and accidentally, kills her by recklessly breaking her neck. Age 18-35.
Crooks, the black stable-hand, gets his name from his crooked back. Proud, bitter, and cynical, he is isolated from the other men because of the colour of his skin. Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden. Any age.
A "thick bodied" ranch hand, he kills Candy's dog with little sympathy. Age 40+
The cast includes 9 males of varying ages and 1 female. The play is set in the farming valleys of California in the 1930's so strong American accents will be needed. Rehearsals are to be arranged, but will start in July to allow for time off through the holiday period.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Sunday 11 October - get in and tech
Monday 12 October - dress
Tuesday 13 October - performances at 10am and 1pm
Wednesday 14 October - performances at 10am and 7.15pm
Thursday 15 October - performances at 1pm and 7.15pm
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Robert Powell will take on the role of King Charles in the Olivier Award-winning production of King Charles III, which opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this autumn following sell-out runs at both the Almeida Theatre and in the West End.
The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?
Mike Bartlett's play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family.
Robert Powell is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth (which won him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor) and as series regular Mark Williams in Holby City. His theatre credits include Singin' in the Rain (Palace Theatre), Ubu Roi and Pirates (both Royal Court), Travesties (RSC),Tovarich (Chichester Festival Theatre), and more recently touring productions of Doctor in the House andJeffrey Bernard Is Unwell. On television Robert starred opposite Jasper Carrott in five series of The Detectives, and has appeared in The Bible, Doomwatch, Shelley, Jude The Obscure, Looking For Clancy, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Pygmalion, Shaka Zulu, Hannay, The Golden Years, Frankenstein and The First Circle. His film credits include Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Tommy, Imperative (for which he won the Best Actor award at Venice Film Festival), Running Scared and Jane Austen In Manhattan.
King Charles III is directed by Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, with Whitney Mosery, and is co-produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Almeida Theatre. The production is designed by Tom Scutt, music composed by Jocelyn Pook, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.
King Charles III plays at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 4 to 19 September. Tickets are on sale now and are available from Box Office 0121 236 4455 or online www.birmingham-rep.co.uk.
Brierley Hill Musical Theatre Company are holding a second audition session for their upcoming production of Guys & Dolls on Friday 22 May at Pensnett Community Centre (see map below) at 7.30pm (timings to be advised).
These will be open auditions to cast the remaining roles and there are an abundance of major male roles available in this fabulous show.
Further information and audition material is available to download from BHMTC's website here. Anyone interested in accessing these materials will need a password, so either message the company via their Facebook page here, email Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org or George at email@example.com and the password will be sent to you.
Roles still to be cast include:
Harry The Horse
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Aged 6 to 21? Five Star Entertainment are holding open auditions on Saturday 23 May for their next exciting production, Seussical. This will be the company's ninth full-scale production and will be one of the first ever youth theatre productions of Seussical in the UK.
The auditions will be taking place at Hibbert's Hall, Dunchurch Road (see map below), with the show taking place at Benn Hall, Rugby from 26 to 27 September. Five Star Entertainment are looking for talented and enthusiastic youngsters aged 6 to 21 to be part of this exciting musical production.
This is a new musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. But it isn’t just a string of his stories set to music. And it isn’t just one of his stories. In fact, this is a totally new, full-length book musical, with a story which weaves together his most famous tales and characters in unexpected ways.
The Seuss lexicon includes hundreds upon hundreds of wondrous characters, creatures, places and things. Seussical incorporates elements from at least 15 of his books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters.
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A thrilling new production of Jim Cartwright’s much-loved The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice opens at Birmingham Repertory Theatre tonight (15 May). The Olivier award-winning play about the painfully shy but hugely talented Little Voice and her faultless impersonations of the greatest divas will be directed by James Brining, artistic director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and stars Vicky Entwistle, Chris Gascoyne and Nancy Sullivan.
Little Voice spends day after day alone in her bedroom finding escape in the records that were left behind after the death of her father. The extraordinary voices of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe fill the rooms and Little Voice is transported. As her blowsy mother Mari shrieks and shouts her way around the house, Little Voice hears the musical heroines, and matching them note for note, sings… and her world is transformed.
When local talent agent Ray Say, Mari's latest boyfriend, overhears he sees a way out of this town; this is his chance for the high-life, his road to the showbiz big-time. All he has to do is find a way to take Little Voice with him. Persuaded by the tacky talent scout, pushed by an overbearing mother, a nervous Little Voice blasts out Bassey, but will she have the courage to find her own voice?
Jim Cartwright's award-winning comedy explodes with huge iconic ballads and beautifully crafted wit. Cartwright's darkly comic play was first produced in 1992 with Jane Horrocks as Little Voice, before winning an Olivier Award for best comedy and then becoming a film starring Jane alongside Michael Caine and Brenda Blethyn.
Director of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, James Brining says of the production:
“The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is that rare kind of play that combines real humour and comedy with a heart breaking story as well as the power of music to transport an audience. It’s also got a political heart and we are loving finding all the ways that the play can speak to an audience today, almost 25 years after the original production.”
Nancy Sullivan stars as LV, a painfully shy girl with a bold and beautiful voice. Nancy’s theatre credits include The Wizard Of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Nikolai Foster’s recent production The Good Person Of Sichuan (Colchester Mercury Theatre). Other credits include the role of Eponine in Trevor Nunn’s Les Miserables in the West End from 2008 – 2010.
Playing LV’s mother, Mari, is Vicky Entwistle. Alongside playing Coronation Street’s infamous Janice Battersby Vicky Entwistle has also been seen in The Bill, her credits for the stage have included roles in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Bill Kenwright’s Funny Peculiar and Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables.
Joining them is Chris Gascoyne as Ray Say. Until recently Chris played Peter Barlow in Coronation Street and he has also been seen in the BBC’s long-running drama Casualty and New Street Law for Red Productions. On stage Chris has played Johnny in Mark Babych’s production of Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune with other credits including The Rib Cage (Royal Exchange Theatre), Simon Stephen's first play Bluebird (Royal Court) and The Changing Room (Royal Court and West End).
The cast is completed with Joanna Brookes (Sadie), Brendan Charleson (Mr Boo) and Joanna Brookes (Sadie).
James Brining is Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice marks his fifth production for the theatre after the success of The Crucible, Sweeney Todd, Alan Bennett’s Enjoy and Talking Heads. Prior to his appointment, Brining was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dundee Rep. His productions of Sunshine On Leith and Sweeney Todd won TMA Best Musical Awards in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
For more information and to book tickets, visit The REP's website birmingham-rep.co.uk or call the box office on 0121 236 4455.
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