An Edinburgh youth theatre are looking for 50 stars of the future, could you be one of them?
IN 2014 it was Sweeney Todd, a year later they turned their attention to Ragtime the Musical, Next Stop: Broadway was the title they opted for in 2016, while the curtain went up on that old favourite Oliver!. In The Heights and Sound of Music followed.
Now local youth theatre A-Team Productions are seeking out new talent for their Fringe debut in 2020, when they will stage productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Rock Musicals.
Based in North Edinburgh, the company offers youngsters the opportunity to take make their dream come true. During a five month rehearsal period ahead of the Fringe run, members of the company will form strong relationships through games and activities. In total, the company are looking for 50 aspiring musical theatre performers aged 11 to 18 years old to audition for their two Fringe shows.
Full of macabre fun, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of the bums and misfits on Skid Row. With empty lives but for broken dreams and blind alleys, a great, green hope appears on the horizon for Mushnik’s flower shop assistant Seymour Krelborn, in the form of a strange and interesting new plant which shows massive potential.
Rock Musicals: Live on Stage, meanwhile, takes place as the sun sets on the summer's hottest music festival. The headline act takes to the stage and gives an unforgettable performance showcasing the best of Broadway and West End rock musicals with hits from American Idiot, Bat Out of Hell, Rent, Spring Awakening, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar, School of Rock, and more.
Auditions for both shows will take place on 7 and 8 December at Broughton High School, from 9am until 3.30pm, and involve singing, dancing and acting exercises followed by a group panel audition where participants will be asked to sing a short extract from either show. There will be a call back auditions on Sunday 15 December for anyone who is being considered for a principle role.
Successful entrants will be required to rehearse on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from January 2020 and must be available to perform in the first two weeks of August.
To sign up for a place at the auditions, email [email protected] with your name, age and preferred audition date.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the team ahead of the auditions at a welcome evening at Leith ExServiceman’s Club, Smith’s Place, leith, on Wednesday 27 November at 6pm.
Sean Quinn, chair of A-Team Productions, says, “This is our first year in the Fringe and the team have worked hard to secure the necessary funding to meet the costs of delivering two high quality productions.
"I want to emphasise that our auditions are open to everyone, regardless of previous experience, don’t worry if this is your first time auditioning, it’s a relaxed day and you will have lots of fun. We are looking to cast 50 young people and would encourage anyone who is thinking about it to come along and give it a go.”
A not-for-profit youth theatre company established in 2013, A-Team Productions is run by a team of volunteers, many of whom work in the industry and participation in both productions is free for those who are lucky enough to be cast.