Audition for a world premiere

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AUDITIONS are being held later this month in Derby for a world premiére production.

Uncontained Arts (a professional theatre company established in 2008 by former graduates of the University of Derby Theatre Arts course, based at Derby Theatre) and Theatre Works (also based at the theatre) are giving budding actors and artistes the opportunity to be part of a company who will produce and present a brand new musical adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes at Derby Theatre in November.

Auditions are being held on July 21-22 , 10am – 5pm in the Kirtley Building, at the University of Derby’s Kedleston site and are open to anyone aged 18-plus from Derbyshire and surrounding counties.

The audition panel is looking for enthusiastic, passionate and committed performers who can sing and act and who are interested in being part of a world premiére of a brand new musical adaptation of a world famous book, and who must be available for rehearsals during August, September and October.

As this is a community project; it is realised that individuals may have other commitments (especially at this time of year) so rehearsals may, to an extent, be scheduled around the company’s availability as a whole.

Previous performance experience is not essential, although it would be an advantage).

Auditionees will be asked to prepare and present a one-minute musical piece during the audition e.g. sing a verse and two choruses of a personally chosen song.

Accompaniment is not essential but applicants are welcome to bring sheet music for a pianist or play/bring their own instruments.

Angela’s Ashes is a world-renowned best-seller that became a major motion picture and which has now been adapted into a stage musical that conveys the story’s inherent warmth and humour through a score of original songs.

Life isn’t easy growing up in the lanes of 1930’s Limerick, especially for a young Irish catholic boy, but McCourt’s inspiring story of survival is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.

Adam Howell (composer/lyricist for Angela’s Ashes) was fortunate enough to meet the late author, Frank McCourt’s, brother, Malachy McCourt on a visit to New York last September and he was very supportive of the project.

For more information and to book an audition place please email: uncontainedarts@derby.ac.uk.