Performers wanted for brand new production

Hampshire Youth  Theatre needs talented performers to star in The Best Christmas Present In The World.
Hampshire Youth Theatre needs talented performers to star in The Best Christmas Present In The World.
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Aspiring young actors have the chance to audition for a brand new production based on the work of Warhorse author Michael Morpurgo.

Hampshire Youth Theatre (HYT) is currently holding auditions for this summer’s production of The Best Christmas Present In The World, a brand new adaptation by Oliver Birch of Morpurgo’s classic short story.

The production will take place in August as part a summer festival of events at The Nuffield’s temporary venue The Playing Field in Guildhall Square.

Following the success of The Voyage of Lost Dreams aboard the SS Sheildhall in 2012 and last year’s sell-out run of Great Expectations, HYT is once again taking on the challenge of site-specific theatre, staging this year’s production in the heart of the city.

The project needs versatile and confident individuals who can demonstrate potential as much as talent. No previous experience is necessary to join the HYT, only enthusiasm and energy.

The HYT is looking for actors willing to play a variety of ensemble roles and musicians who play instruments to a high grade, alongside those who have an interest in composing and song‐writing.

Chris Cox, who has participated in the Hampshire Youth Theatre for the past four years says: ‘Aside from the acting, I think HYT gives really good life skills; it’s a real confidence-builder and I’ve found that it has helped me when applying for jobs or going to interviews.

‘It’s a really good experience of the industry, because you’re treated like professionals and get to spend all day every day doing something, not just one evening a week.’

For details about audition times, to apply and for further information visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/get-involved.