Star Alongside Judi Dench in DreamDate: 13 November 2009
Every young actress dreams of one day becoming a West End or Hollywood star. But how would you like to appear on the professional stage alongside someone who is both: Dame Judi Dench?
The Rose Theatre Kingston has today issued a call-out to budding young actresses to perform alongside the Oscar-winner in the venue’s forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 9 February to 20 March 2010.
The theatre is seeking girls aged seven to 12 to play fairies in Peter Hall’s new Elizabethan version of Shakespeare's comedy, in which Dench will play Titania, the Fairy Queen, as an ageing Elizabeth I.
This opportunity of a lifetime sounds like the plot of Noel Streitfield’s classic children’s book Ballet Shoes, in which Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil win their first professional roles in a West End Dream.
Two sets of four fairies will be selected, who will then share out the performance schedule between them. The parts will be non-speaking roles and children must be available for rehearsals during the weeks of 25 January and 1 February.
There are 50 audition places available and these will be allocated to the first 50 applications received. Successful applicants will be invited to audition on Sunday 13 December from 11.30am to 4pm, when they will have a maximum of two minutes to demonstrate their best talent – be it acting, singing, dancing or reciting a poem. They must also be able to listen, focus and sit still.
The only catch? Applicants must attend school in the Royal Borough of Kingston to be eligible for auditions. Friday the Thirteenth might be unlucky for some, but for a few girls this could be their dream day.
Visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org or call the stage door on 0208 546 6983 for an application form.