Local performing arts education charity, Music Theatre for Youth (MT4Uth), will embark on a nationwide search for talented young people keen to star in their upcoming interpretation of Fame – The Musical which will be staged at T13 Shared Cultural Space in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast in August.
Headline sponsor, George Best Belfast City Airport, will open its doors for X Factor style auditions on 8th and 9th June 2013 where 60 talented youths will be selected for the cast of the popular musical which has frequented stages on the West End and Broadway.
The chosen cast members will have the experience of a lifetime as they are put through numerous master classes, legwarmer worthy choreography sessions and an intense 10 day performance boot camp before the production is staged.
Ruth Morgan, Communications Executive at George Best Belfast City Airport which has sponsored the musical theatre initiative through its Community Fund said:
“We are delighted that once again the airport Community Fund has been able to support one of Music Theatre for Youth’s amazing productions.
“Changing the lives of young people locally is key to our Community Fund, which sees the airport impose a fine on airlines which operate late flights. This money is then re-invested back into projects and groups within neighbouring communities. To date, our Community Fund has invested almost £100,000 into local projects which fit the criteria outlined on our website.
“The fund aims to support projects that can influence, educate and encourage young people from all backgrounds. The MT4Uth production of Fame – The Musical truly reflects all of these aims.
“We believe a spark of talent exists in every young person and we would encourage young people aged between 10 and 23 years old who have an interest in musical theatre or who may be hiding a voice worthy of a stage and an audience, to attend the workshop auditions in the airport and to let MT4Uth inspire your confidence.”
The pressure will be on for audition attendees to show off their ‘hard work’ and to ‘make magic’ in front of a talented judging panel, many of whom have made their own magic on West End stages.
On the panel will be Phil Willmott, a multi-award winning director who directed the tenth anniversary cast of Fame – The Musical on the West End in 2005. Joining him will be Jenny Cooke, Chief Executive of MT4Uth, who said:
“This is a really exciting opportunity for young performers from all over Ireland to come together and showcase their talents in an energetic production of the hit musical which will be performed at the T13 building on 23rd and 24th August.
“One of our aims at MT4Uth is to make the stage and performing arts more accessible for young people. We see potential in so many young people who perhaps don’t have the confidence to pursue their hobby, which is a real shame. But through our workshops and training, young people are given opportunities to work with other young people in developing talent and confidence, coached by an international artistic team.
“I think holding our auditions in a non-traditional setting, such as Belfast City Airport, will encourage young people from across the country with varying ranges of experience, to get involved. We welcome that and look forward to meeting our future cast of Fame – The Musical!”
Following the initial audition stages held in Belfast City Airport, the chosen cast will undergo a 10 day residential camp which has been sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas.
Simon Little, spokesman for Phoenix Natural Gas, said:
“This is a massive opportunity for young people to shadow and learn from industry leading directors, choreographers, technical crew and arts administrators.
“Phoenix has a long history of supporting local talent and we look forward to doing all we can to make this project the success it deserves to be.”
Those aged between 10 and 23 wishing to attend the auditions in Belfast City Airport on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2013, must register their interest with email@example.com by Friday 10th May 2013.