Come and audition for Rugby Theatre

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Rugby Theatre is looking for future stars and existing acting talent for theatrical productions to be staged next year.

It’s holding auditions for two contrasting plays, Shakespeare’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the musical comedy Avenue Q. Avenue Q director Alan Pavis said: “People can audition for both shows if they want to.”

The directors will then discuss the casting after both auditions and in the event that someone is chosen for both shows, the successful auditionee will be asked which show they prefer to do.

“It’s not something we’ve done at the theatre before, but it should be helpful for both the actors and the directors of the two shows.”

Once again, the theatre’s Shakespeare production will be part of next year’s Open Stages project in Stratford. It means the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be directed by Rob Sloan, will also have the chance to perform the play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford for one night after it is staged in Rugby in May.

Last year the theatre took its production of Romeo and Juliet to Stratford for the Open Stages event.

Avenue Q, which features both human performers and puppets in a rude and riotous musical comedy, needs a cast of around ten.

Although no previous puppetry experience is needed, as training will be given, performers will be expected to sing, act and dance in the show which will hit the stage in June 2014.

Auditions for a Midsummer Night’s Dream are on Monday, November 11, and Avenue Q auditions take place two days later on Wednesday, November 13. Both are at the theatre’s Central Hall in Henry Street.

More details about the auditions are available online at the website