Auditions to be held for Christmas show

A Christmas Carol is coming to Derby Theatre''Photo credit: Lukiyanova Natalia
A Christmas Carol is coming to Derby Theatre''Photo credit: Lukiyanova Natalia

Derby Theatre is on the lookout for young people to appear in their production of A Christmas Carol this festive season.

On Sunday, September 28, group auditions will be held for young people who are interested in appearing in the big festive production for 2014-15, Neil Duffield’s vibrant adaptation of Charles Dickens’s treasured novel.

Auditions will be held in groups of 20, 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 perform a Christmas carol (on their own) as part of the audition.

Please wear comfortable clothes and footwear and bring along a bottle of water for refreshment. Previous experience in performing is not essential.

The venue is looking for three teams of six young actors, aged between 8-16, to play a range of roles including Tiny Tim, young Scrooge, Little Fan, Martha and other young characters.

Each team will perform on different dates during the run.

Following the auditions, those successfully selected will be asked to work for a full weekend (November 8-9) with director Sarah Brigham. The main rehearsals, with the professional company of actors, will then

commence on Monday, November 10, and each team of young actors will be required to rehearse twice a week during the whole rehearsal period. Additional rehearsals may take place as the production nears to opening.

The production will open on Friday, December 5 and run until Sunday, January 4.

Sarah Brigham, artistic director at Derby Theatre, is the director of A Christmas Carol. She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain audition experience and to perform alongside a professional

company of actors.

“A Christmas Carol 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 8-16 years of age, enthusiastic, eager to perform and showcase your talent, then we look forward to hopefully seeing you at the auditions.”

To book an audition slot, call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk to book an audition/time slot. Once you have registered your details, you will then be sent more information via email. For any questions, email learning@derbytheatre.co.uk