Chance for lads to tread the boards

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OPEN auditions are to be held for young actors looking to take part in a new stage adaptation of Goodnight Mister Tom at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

The production, based on Michelle Magorian’s much-loved 1981 novel, can be seen in May but the auditions are to be held next week.

Set during World War Two, the play charts the moving relationship between evacuee William Beech and elderly recluse Tom Oakley.

The producers are currently seeking six local schoolboys to appear as extras for the Nottingham run of the show, from May 4 to 8.

Open auditions will be held at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, on Wednesday 23 March at 5.30pm. Children interested in auditioning won’t need to prepare a piece to perform, but they will need to bring two passport-sized photographs for our reference.

The boys will be required to play evacuees and village children aged ten to 12 years old and must be under five feet in height. They will also need to have a short back and sides haircut before they arrive at the theatre for the first performance on Wednesday, May 4.

The producers feel this will be a great opportunity for children to perform on the Theatre Royal stage and to work with a professional theatre company.

The boys will need to be available from 2.30pm on Wednesday, May 4 for introductions, a walk through and costume fittings at the Theatre Royal. Their first performance will be at 7pm the same evening.

Subsequent performances then take place until Sunday, May 8, including two midweek matinees.

They will make seven separate appearances in each performance and each appearance is for around five minutes. Although these are non-speaking parts, the boys will have one line in the final scene which they will say together with the rest of the cast.

Each boy will be paired up with an adult company member who will look after them on stage. A chaperone will look after them off stage.

For any questions or queries about these auditions, contact David Longford, the Theatre Royal’s education manager, on 0115 9895531 or david.longford@nottinghamcity.gov.uk.