Local talent wanted for Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Following the news last week that producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are looking for two youngsters to cast in this year's production of The Tempest at Stafford Castle, a number of other roles have also been made available to local female dancers.

Set against the elegant backdrop of the 1930s - the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of vaudeville - SFS 2017 will transport audiences to the exotic shores of East Africa, to the Banjuni Isles off the coast of Somalia.

For the roles of 'Young Nymphs', SFS producers are looking to cast 6-8 females who are aged over 16 years old and have a mature appearance. The parts require good acting skills as well as a strong proficiency in tap and modern dance.

"This is another amazing opportunity for talented, local youngsters looking to gain experience working in the industry, and would look very impress on any up-and-coming performer's CV" commented Producer Derrick Gask.

"We had a fantastic response last week to our casting call for the part of young Caliban and I anticipate this announcement being even more popular" concluded Gask

In order to be considered for the part, individuals must be able to attend a number of rehearsals with Choreographer Verity Bray (dates TBC), as well as the technical and dress rehearsals (20/22 June), and all scheduled performances of The Tempest throughout June and July as detailed by the Company Manager. They would also need to arrive at the dressing room on site at Stafford Castle by the 'half' - 35-40 minutes before the beginning of the performance - and remain until the end of the show at approx. 10.30pm

Auditions for the roles of Young Nymphs will be held on Sunday 9th April at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from 10am to 1pm.

If you require any additional information about the role or the audition process, please contact Wes Carter on 01785 619086 or email wcarter@staffordbc.gov.uk

The Tempest will open on Thursday 22nd June and run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. Established in 1991, Stafford Festival Shakespeare has fast become one of Europe's largest open air Shakespeare productions.

For the first time in its 27 year history, SFS 2017 will also feature a Sunday performance on 25th June at 5pm.

Tickets range from the first night saver price of 13.50 pounds up to 25.50 pounds for Thurs / Fri /Sat evening performances.

Full information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting the new website www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com
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