WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN IN?
The Festival Youth Production is always a highlight of the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and we are always blown away by the energy and professionalism of the fantastic young people who take part. This year we will present THE SORCERER and we are delighted that Rachel Harland will return to direct along with Oliver Longstaffe as Musical Director at the Pavilion Arts Centre Buxton on Saturday, 10th August at 2.30pm. We are looking for a cast of young people aged between 9 and 18 years, who love to sing and act, to join the cast. This is a wonderful opportunity for participants to get involved in the Festival and learn how a production is directed and staged in just a week.
The Youth Production offers an amazing opportunity for young people to learn about theatre, opera, singing and acting, and of course to be part of this amazing Festival. Many of our young people have gone on to have outstanding careers in the world of theatre and music and there is no doubt that Gilbert & Sullivan is the ideal introduction to opera and musical theatre.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete the form at the bottom of this page if you would like to apply.
Auditions for principal roles take place via a video submission either by DVD/YouTube.
Chorus members do not need to audition.
Rehearsals will take place in Buxton every day from Saturday morning,3rd August until the matinee performance on Saturday 10th August. A full rehearsal schedule will be available in June.
COST OF PARTICIPATING
There is no charge to participate in this production. The Youth Production is sponsored by the ‘Friends of the G&S Festival’ as part of their youth initiative and outreach programme. We ask parents to consider joining the Friends of the G&S Festival to help further support the cause. Some specific accessories, for example, black shoes, ballet shoes, white pumps, tights etc will need to be provided by participants and information will be distributed well in advance. We also expect participants to provide their own copy of the score. We would recommend the Chappell’s Vocal Score edition (available on Amazon).
TICKETS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Tickets for family and friends are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190. This performance always sells very well so we would urge you to book your tickets as soon as possible.
The performance will be accompanied by our UNIFest orchestra and awards will be given for performers in the following categories: Best Male Performer and Best Female Performer.
PLEASE KNOW YOUR WORDS!
We do ask that all principals and chorus know the words of their parts before arriving at the first rehearsal due to the short time we have available.
Participants will be sent MP3 recordings to help with practice and one of our latest production can be streamed for free on GSOPERA.TV – CLICK HERE
All participants of legal school age are required by law to have a performance licence to be part of the Youth Production. If this is applicable to you please complete the relevant section on the Registration Form to help us with the licence application process.
All adults involved with the Youth Production have been DBS checked. Chaperones are engaged throughout rehearsals and the day of the performance and will be backstage with the cast throughout. We operate a “signing in/signing out” system to all rehearsals with parents/guardians and children for those aged under 16. We expect a high level of behaviour and will not tolerate the use of alcohol, smoking or any other substances at any time. Any concerns about an individual will be brought to the attention of the parent/guardian immediately. Please refer to our policy document online here.
If you require any further information on any aspects of the Youth Production please email firstname.lastname@example.org