Two Week Creative Challenge For Teenage Talent

Norwich Theatre Royal is throwing down the ultimate creative challenge for young people this summer.

The search is on for 13 to 18-year-olds to work alongside industry professionals to put together a production of Little Shop Of Horrors in two weeks.

It will then end with two performances at Norwich Theatre Royal’s Stage Two on August 23 and 24.

Guiding them through the process will be professional singer and musical director Julie Thompson, and established choreographer and teacher Cat Chapman who boast over 40 years coaching experience between them, and are pictured above with ‘Seymour.’

Cat said the participants in the intensive fortnight will get to sample a range of skills and experience putting a show together at a professional pace. She said: “They will have to learn the musical score, their script, choreography and staging, and pull it all together in two weeks.”

And this will require some serious commitment, as Julie explains. She said: “People who come on this course need to be prepared to work hard and they will be put through their paces.

“We will behave as though we are in a professional company. If you are going to work with us, you need to come with the right attitude, be prepared to work hard, and have fun of course.”

Those taking part do not need to have lots of previous on-stage experience and the course is more about gaining a fast-paced and authentic insight into the work that goes into creating and producing a show. Cat said: “If you are serious about wanting to do musical theatre and see how a production comes together quickly, and learn some singing, dancing and acting, then come along. Even if one of those disciplines isn’t your strongest, it doesn’t matter. Just join us, have a great time and produce a fantastic show.”

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