Hāwera Repertory Society new production needs all-child cast and crew

The wealth of young talent in South Taranaki drew Hawera Repertory Society to plan a new kind of production.

In 2020, the Society will stage Bugsy Malone- and it will be completely built using a cast and crew of students in years 7 to 13,

Each department head will mentor a youth, says show director Samantha Turner.

The lucky youth chosen for a voluntary directorial internship is Hawera’s Noah Hunt. Choreographer Michelle Glover will be assisted by Jamie Sayers and vocal coach Shane Burgess is still looking for his mentee.

‘We’ve always had a lot of teens helping anyway- we’re still after a vocal assistant, stage manager’s assistant, properties assistant and lighting and sound assistants. We’re taking applications at the moment.”

The students chosen will shadow their mentor from production beginning to end, getting the unique opportunity to explore different aspects of theatre while adding to their resumes and experience.

“Not everyone wants to be on stage all the time. There are a lot of children around who are interested in all aspects of theatre at the moment,” Sam says.

“It’s most likely that there are more out there who don’t get involved because they think they’ll have to be on stage, we want to give them the opportunity to be involved too.”

Those wanting to be on stage have the perfect opportunity with Bugsy Malone. It’s a play with music, set in a 1920s speakeasy.

“It’s so much fun, every role is played by a child pretending to be an adult. They wear suits, use splurge guns and have an absolute blast on stage. There are some songs but it’s not a musical so not all of the characters sing.

Auditions will be held on Sunday February 16, with callbacks on Thursday February 20. Role allocations will be announced soon after that. Anyone in years seven to 13 at school is eligible audition.

There are still slots available but they’re filling up fast.

Directors will be looking to see how auditionees interpret the character, have done their homework and know what the role is about.

The performance season will run from June 30 to July 04 2020 at the Hawera Memorial Theatre. 

Anyone interested in auditioning should email bugsymalone@hawerarep.org.

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