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Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre on the hunt for new talent

The Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre's performance of West Side Story. Pic: Michael Smith

The Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre's performance of West Side Story. Pic: Michael Smith

Could you be Oliver or the Artful Dodger? If you think you could play either of these demanding roles, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre would like to hear from you.

The company, now in its 25th year, will present Oliver! next April and is searching for a couple of 12 to 14-year-old boys who could potentially fill the roles of Oliver and the Artful Dodger in the production.

Oliver! was the first production staged by the Youth Theatre when it changed its name from Lichfield Youth Theatre when the Garrick first opened in 2003. Eight years on, they have almost an entirely new membership and have openings for new members to fill the title roles for the production.

The show is one of the most beloved of British musicals, which brings to life Dickens’ timeless characters such as Fagin, Nancy, Oliver and Dodger with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. It features all of the world-famous songs – Consider Yourself, Where Is Love?, Pick a Pocket and of course As Long As He Needs Me.

Chairman Oliver Rowe said:

“Oliver! is one of the timeless musicals that can be enjoyed by all the family. Lionel Bart’s classic score is very well known and we can’t wait to get rehearsals started. This is a fantastic opportunity for new members to come and join in and try out for the Youth Theatre.

“With a fantastic production team behind them, it really will be a great experience for any of the many talented young singers, actors and dancers out there in Lichfield and the surrounding areas.”

LGYT is renowned for the professionalism and quality of its productions, with recent sell-out hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Footloose, West Side Story and Les Miserables to name but a few.

For this production Julie Mallaband will direct, Oliver Rowe will be musical director and Jemma Tiso joins as choreographer – all fresh from their recent production of Jekyll & Hyde with Lichfield Operatic Society.

There will be an open meeting on Sunday November 14 at Holy Cross Hall, Chapel Lane, Lichfield from 3pm to 5pm where prospective members can find out what is involved for the auditions and how they can take part in the productions.

Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoons, so any members would need to be able to commit to that. Dates of the production are April 5 to 9, 2011.

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