Mill Theatre seeks talented dancers

Peter Corry (director) and Wilson Shiels (musical director) are gearing up for the second set of auditions to be held �Sunday 6th June for Les Miserables School Audition in Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA
Peter Corry (director) and Wilson Shiels (musical director) are gearing up for the second set of auditions to be held �Sunday 6th June for Les Miserables School Audition in Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey. Pic By Paul Moane/Aurora PA

THEATRE at The Mill in Newtownabbey is seeking more dancers, particularly females aged between 14 and 22 years old, to come forward and audition for its energetic, fun, flamboyant, Northern Ireland premiere of the smash hit musical comedy ‘The Producers’.

Directed by Peter Corry, this summer’s youth production will be a very different type of musical compared to previous summer shows, as it is much more dance-led.

And the theatre needs more young people with a basic level of dance experience to be part of this unique opportunity, even if they haven’t acted on stage before.

Working under the guidance of international choreographer Fleur Mellor, ‘The Producers’ will provide aspiring young performers and dancers with the opportunity to develop their skills in a show which will have all the style of a big Broadway production as well as offering a fun few weeks over the summer holidays.

Peter Corry and Bernard Clarkson, Theatre at The Mill Manager, were surprised not to have had more females interested in the dancing roles during the first round of auditions which were held a few weeks ago.

“We have seen some incredible young talent coming through the auditions, but as ‘The Producers’ has a lot of lead male roles, we feel that the big chorus line numbers and opportunities to dance in fun musical numbers may have been overlooked by dancers and in particular females,” Peter explained.

“As we plan to make the dancing such an integral part of the show with dancing storm troopers and big chorus line numbers, we therefore need to cast more dancers and would encourage those who may not have been part of the summer youth project before or who haven’t pe rformed or acted in a theatre production before not to be put off and to get in touch with us for more information or to register for auditions.”

He continued: “As someone who starred in West End musical productions and has many years acting and directing experience in musical theatre, I can say that this is a great opportunity for any young person seeking to develop their skills or careers, as well as a chance to star in a professional show.

“Indeed a few of the cast from our previous summer youth musical projects have gone on to prestigious theatre schools in London.

“However, the summer musical theatre school is not just for those hoping to pursue a theatre career and many of the previous young people have found that they gained new skills which they can use in life and in other careers.”

Young people interested in auditioning for ‘The Producers’ should contact Theatre at The Mill on 9034 0202.

Cast members will take part in a four-week training project from Sunday, July 15 to Saturday, August 12 (costing £275), and perform in eight public shows at Theatre at The Mill from Friday, August 3.

Participants must be able to attend every day of the project and perform in all public showings of the production.

For more information about the summer youth production, and upcoming shows, log on to www.theatreatthemill.com