Young actors sought for summer festival
A THEATRE troupe is seeking talented youngsters to act out a classic tale in a tent.
Open Minds Theatre Company want 50 aspiring actors aged between eight and 18 for a performance of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
The novel follows farm animals who stage a coup against their keepers — an allegory for the pitfalls of communism, adapted for the stage by OMTC associate director Alice Bartlett.
“We have a very capable and versatile group of young people representing the youth of Rotherham,” said Alice.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for us to develop and showcase the skills of our ensemble of young actors, by putting on a great performance for the public.”
The show will take place in June, in a purpose-built, 600-seat theatre tent in Clifton Park — a highlight of Rotherham Shakespeare Festival 2017.
It will be directed by professional actor Peter Williamson, who has led the senior youth theatre group since September.
He said: “Animal Farm is a fantastic story for us to tell. At its heart, it’s a fairy tale.
“But, for the older members, it also explores political corruption and revolution. It’s a wonderful opportunity for our young actors.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting more of the talented young people in the area who will complete our cast.”
OMTC Youth Theatre offers a chance to develop acting skills alongside professionals, make friends and perform in front of an audience.
No previous experience is needed — just enthusiasm and commitment.
Auditions will take place on Thursday, February 16. For more information or to register a place contact Pete at email@example.com or on 01709 829446.
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