Calling all Budding Musical Stars

Wannabe theatre performers are to be given chance to appear in Buxton Opera House’s forthcoming production of Sweeney Todd.

Local performers are being sought to star in Buxton Opera House’s annual amateur extravaganza.

This year they will present Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, running from Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May 2022.

Sweeney Todd will be directed by Buxton Opera House Chief Executive Paul Kerryson, one of the UK’s leading experts on musical theatre. Paul and his creative team will be sharing their expertise and knowledge in this once in a lifetime experience. Paul recently directed the critically acclaimed national tour of Hairspray. Previous productions at Buxton Opera House include Oliver! and West Side Story and he has worked all over the UK, directing an array of classic musicals including Guys and Dolls, Follies, 42nd Street and Mack and Mabel.

Paul will be joined by musical director Ben Atkinson, who is also the musical director of the national tour of Hairspray, which is currently playing to packed houses.

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street is a musical thriller with superb music and lyrics by the greatest contemporary musical composer, the legendary Stephen Sondheim.

This macabre tale tells the story of the infamous Todd who returns to London seeking bloodthirsty revenge following deportation and imprisonment in Australia. A chance meeting with Mrs Lovett in her East End pie shop brings a deadly accomplice to his schemes, and together they concoct a chilling plan.

Since Victorian times, the public have had a macabre fascination with this murderous tale and this award-winning musical has thrilled audiences in theatres all over the world. It has also been made into a full length feature film directed by Tim Burton.

Buxton Opera House’s Paul Kerryson said:

“Every year we look forward to working with the local community on these very special productions. This is a superb opportunity for local singers and performers to appear in one of the most famous musicals of all time. We are looking for singers and actors of all genders to perform in this gloriously murderous tale of revenge. Performers will be able to experience the thrill of live performance in this iconic theatre and discover the magical process of putting together a production under the guidance of our team of experts. If you are aged 16 and over, you can apply for an audition, but make sure that you fill in the form on our website.”

Application forms can be downloaded from our website: https://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 December 2021.

Auditions will be held on Saturday 8 January 2022 at 10am

Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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