Stafford Gatehouse Youth Theatre (SGYT) have an exciting opportunity for 14-16 year olds to participate in theatrical workshops lead by a professional West End actress. There will be a total of four workshops on Monday evenings at 5.30 – 7.30pm throughout June as taster sessions for new members to try SGYT ahead of the new Autumn term. Each two hour workshop will feature songs, scenes and dance routines from four different West End musicals:
1 June: Wicked
8 June: We Will Rock You
15 June: Legally Blonde
22 June: Sweeney Todd
The workshops will be lead by Katie Kerr, whose professional debut was as Chiffon in the award winning production of Little Shop Of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory alongside Sheridan Smith, later transferring to the West End. She then went on to star in Fat Pig, as Helen, directed by Neil La Bute also in the West End and has subsequently gone on to perform in several other plays and musicals such as A Chorus of Disapproval (UK Tour), Stepping Out (UK Tour), TABOO (Brixton
Clubhouse) and Wicked (UK Tour).
Katie most recently has been seen performing alongside Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in the English National Opera's production of Sweeney Todd at London's Coliseum. She also appeared in BBC 1 drama What Remains.
Each session is £6 and pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Places can be pre-booked at the box office from Tuesday 6 May, where a membership form will be given. Any members who do not return the membership form will not be able to join. Places must be booked by Friday 30 May.
Any further information can be obtained by calling the administration team on 01785 619080.
The organisers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare have revealed that this year’s production of Much Ado About Nothing will be set in Stafford, at the close of World War 1.
Director, Peter Rowe, says:
“The show will open in 1918 as Leonato welcomes the troops back home from the Great War for music, dancing and romance. As war gives way to peace and Edwardian propriety unbuttons into the Jazz Age, Shakespeare’s much loved comedy will weave its magic in the dusk.”
Production Design will be by Dawn Allsopp, who is new to the Stafford Festival Shakespeare creative team. Dawn is a set and costume designer with impressive experience of over 23 years working in venues throughout the country.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dawn to the Stafford Festival Shakespeare team this year” commented Producer Derrick Gask. “She is exceptionally talented and has some wonderful ideas for this year’s show. As it’s our big 25th anniversary I can’t think of a more appropriate setting than Stafford”.
Stafford Festival Shakespeare organisers recently announced that this year’s catering partnership will be with Sugnall Walled Gardens offering range of options to satisfy all appetites, from restaurant dining to take away snacks.
Much Ado About Nothing is the twenty fifth production staged as part of the annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare at Stafford Castle produced by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre in conjunction with Stafford Borough Council Leisure and Culture. The casting is due to be announced this month.
Tickets for Much Ado About Nothing are on sale now and start from as little as £12. To book tickets click here or call the box office on 01785 619080. The show opens at Stafford Castle on Thursday 25 June and runs until Saturday 11 July 2015.
South Staffs Musical Theatre Company is starting its search for talented individuals to join them for their 2015 production of the Irving Berlin classic musical, White Christmas, which will be performed at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 1 to 5 December.
An open audition for new members will be held on Tuesday 28 April in Studio 2 at The Newhampton Arts Centre (see map below), starting at 7.30pm. Please bring a song of your choice, preferably on backing track, and be prepared to do some movement and to read a piece of libretto from the show, which you will be given on the evening.
The group are particularly keen to recruit dancers with strong tap technique, gentlemen for both ensemble and principal roles and ladies suitable to take principal roles. However, please note that the ladies ensemble is complete. Trained dancers please prepare a short routine of your choice.
If you are interested in auditioning please send a message to South Staffs Musical Theatre Company via their Facebook page here.
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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Here is our top 10 theatre picks for April. From amateur to professional, get your diaries at the ready to pop some of the most important dates in...
31 March to 26 April
Shrek The Musical
1 to 3 April
South Staffs Musical Theatre Company at Wolverhampton Grammar School
7 to 11 April
Tamworth Arts Club at Landau Forte Sixth Form Centre
8 to 11 April
A View From The Bridge
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
14 to 18 April
Peterbrook Players at Solihull Arts Complex
21 April to 2 May
21 to 25 April
Studley Operatic Society at Redditch Palace Theatre
23 to 25 April
A Man For All Seasons
Union Theatre at St Edburgha’s Church, Yardley
27 April to 2 May
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
28 April to 2 May
Solihull On Stage at Solihull Arts Complex
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