‘Hercules’ has been created and stars award-winning comedy double act Tom Roden and Pete Shenton of New Art Club who are performing in the city as part of their 15-venue UK tour.
Ahead of the show, New Art Club are recruiting local people to perform on stage at the Theatre alongside the professional cast.
New Art Club and contemporary dance development organisation Dance4 have teamed up with regional dance house Déda and Derby Theatre to hold an experience day on Sunday March 8 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm at Déda in Chapel Street.
The day will include a taste of the comedy dance routines that are an integral part of the performance of ‘Hercules’ – billed as a modern cabaret for the whole family.
Those selected will then attend weekly rehearsals to learn the choreography for three dance routines that will be a key part of the show in June.
A group of twelve will be ‘Birds’ and a further eight will be ‘Hyrdras’. Both groups are ideal for young people aged 11 and over who have some dance experience and the confidence to perform on stage.
The eight-strong group of ‘Folkies’ will learn a more technically complex dance piece, making previous dance experience essential.
‘Hercules’ recreates the story of the Greek myth for a 21st century audience. It follows the story of the hero’s Twelve Labours in a crazy cabaret style with Pete as the unlikely superhero and Tom as the show’s compere.
Throughout the performance there are also appearances by Finnish Hula Hooper Tiina Tuomisto, dancing double act The Two Wrongies and American musician and performer Bill Carper.
Déda Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb explained: “As a dance organisation committed to working with our local communities and developing dance skills, Déda is delighted to be involved in this unique partnership and engagement programme.
“We are looking for young people aged 11 and over and adults of all ages who have some experience of dance or just have a love of performing to join the experience day.
“It will be an opportunity to take part in New Art Club’s workshop in order to get a feel for the work and style of performance. We will then be talking to everyone about the time commitment, confidence and energy needed in the weeks and months leading up to the show.
“This project will culminate in a highly entertaining show for all the family to enjoy. This is a fantastic opportunity for local performers to be involved in a highly creative show and work with Tom and Pete who are incredibly talented performers.
“Everybody is welcome on the experience day provided they have registered with us by March 4.”
For more information or to book a place at the experience day, please contact Heather Gunn at Déda on 01332 374670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hercules is at Derby Theatre on Friday June 12. For more information visit http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk and for a sneak preview, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/NewArtClub or http://www.herculestour.co.uk