Auditions set for play to mark Queen’s jubilee

A NEW youth theatre for 14-18 year olds is starting up at the Bourne Academy of Performing Arts this month.

The newest offering to the academy will meet on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm starting from January 11.

It will be a workshop-style audition for The Queen Must Die by David Farr, which will have a public performance on March 31 at the Leaf Hall.

The comedy sees two groups of friends converging on one house in order to vandalise a papier mache statue of Queen Elizabeth II on the eve of the jubilee celebrations.

After a successful first term, the drama club is continuing to grow and is still accepting new members.

For young performers aged five to eight, the spring term will see a focus on developing storytelling skills utilising music, costumes, props and imagination to bring stories to life culminating in a private performance to invited family members at the end of term.

Classes will be held on Wednesdays between 5.30-6.30pm

For nine to 13-year-olds, classes will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The young people will be working towards a public performance of ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ by Alan Ayckbourn to be performed on Saturday, March 31.

Parts will be allocated after the first session which will be a workshop-style audition for which no preparation is necessary.

Also new this term at Bourne Academy of Performing Arts are the Arts Awards.

These are a national qualification which supports young people aged from 11 to 25, to develop as artists and arts leaders and which is regulated by Trinity College, London.

Young people are able to gain their award in any art form and present their portfolio in a style best suited to them.

Pupils aged 11 and above across all the disciplines, of dance, drama and musical theatre will have the option to complete the Arts Award as part of their regular classes.

The awards will complement the present range of examinations with the International Dance Teachers Association for ballet, tap, theatre craft, freestyle, jazz and musical theatre, the Guildford School of Acting for musical theatre singing and LAMDA for drama.

Anyone wishing to join or wants further information should contact gina.leonard@hotmail.com for dance, drama or musical theatre or christianleeconnell@gmail.com for drama or call 649097.