ALMOST 150 young people from across the region took part in auditions for an upcoming musical in Batley.
Les Miserables will be staged at Blakeridge Mill in August as part of a new youth theatre project, and youngsters aged 13-19 wanting to perform on the big stage showed what they had to offer in a series of workshops and auditions last weekend.
Award-winning West End director Nick Evans led sessions at St Mary’s Social Club in Batley in search of his next professional-standard cast.
Speaking after the weekend, Mr Evans said: “I’d like to extend my thanks to all those who came to the auditions and made them a great success.
“As I discovered, there’s an enormous amount of talent in West Yorkshire and I want to see as much of it as possible.
“So I’m coming back next week to audition more people from across the community.”
The project is being supported by Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin, who also attended the audition weekend.
She said: “I knew the young people of Batley and Spen would grab this opportunity with both hands and that’s exactly what they did.
“It was a privilege to see Nick and his team at work to squeeze every drop of creativity out of our exceptionally talented young people.” More auditions will be held next Wednesday and Thursday, March 22 and 23, at St Mary’s Social Club and Parochial Hall on Melton Street, for anybody who didn’t have the chance to try out last weekend.
Participants need to bring a packed lunch and a drink.
After that there will be an Easter course from Saturday April 8 to Thursday April 13, and a residential course for two weeks at the start of the summer holidays.
There is no cost to any element of the programme, but youngsters must be available to attend all the sessions.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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