Chance for young people to be in theatre’s festive show

Derby Theatre is looking for young people aged between eight and 16 to be in its Christmas production of Alice in Wonderland.

Auditions will take place on Saturday September 3, with the successful young actors performing on the main stage at Derby Theatre from December 2-January 7.

Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director, Derby Theatre and Director of Alice in Wonderland, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain audition experience and to perform alongside a professional company of actors.

“Alice in Wonderland is going to be a big, bold and magical production for the whole family to enjoy and I am looking forward immensely to a young company of local actors being an integral part of our Christmas show this year.

“So, if you are between 8 and 16 years of age, enthusiastic, eager to perform and showcase your talent, then we look forward to hopefully seeing you at the auditions.”

Auditions  will be held in groups of 20 in Derby Theatre’s Studio, with time slots at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm and each session will last for one hour. Young people will take part in a range of drama exercises and games and be asked to sing in a group. Previous experience in performing is not essential. Those wanting to audition should call Derby Theatre’s Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 to book a slot.

Once cast, there will be three teams of six young actors, aged between 8 and 16, who will play a range of roles, including Miniature Alices and Playing Cards. Each team will perform on different dates during the run. Those cast will take part in a rehearsal weekend with Director Sarah Brigham and will then be required to rehearse twice a week during the rehearsal period plus Saturdays. Additional rehearsals may take place as the production nears to opening.