Young actors sought for Secret Garden

Norfolk's best young actors and actresses, a puppeteer and even a horn section are being sought for a production at Norwich Playhouse next April.

Norfolk's best young actors and actresses, a puppeteer and even a horn section are being sought for a production at Norwich Playhouse next April.

Norfolk Youth Music Theatre is to perform The Secret Garden, based on the children's classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and bookings are now being taken for auditions, to be held between January 7 and 16.

After a notable coup in staging the East Anglian premiere of Picnic at Hanging Rock in November - involving a masterclass with the show's composer and creator - the company has landed the services of another respected London director, Wendy Cook, who will work with the cast for the spring production.

Company artistic director Adrian Connell said: "Ages for this show are between 10 and 25-ish. And, apart from the three main children's parts, Mary, Colin and Dickon, there are some wonderful adult roles: Mrs Medlock, Martha and the two lead male roles of Archie and Dr Craven.

"I am looking for people with real commitment for this magical show and a puppeteer to help with the Robin, who features heavily in the story."

Singers for two choruses and many cameo roles are also up for grabs, and the company is seeking a flautist, a trumpet, two horn players, a trombone player and a good grade VIII pianist - preferably all students.

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For more information about the show and how to book an audition, call Mr Connell on 01263 825718 or visit www.norfolkymt.net