Millennium Forum seeks local talent for new youth musical

By February 22, 2019 News

Are you aged 16+?  Interested in acting, singing and dancing?  The North West’s premier arts venue is looking for you!

The Millennium Forum will be holding open auditions on Wednesday 13th 5.30pm-9pm and Saturday 16th March 10am-1pm for its youth production of the hit musical, Legally Blonde, which will run at the theatre from Wed 24th to Sat 27th July. A host of leading roles are up for grabs including Elle Woods and Emmet Richmond as well as numerous Ensemble roles. 

David McLaughlin, Chief Executive of the Millennium Forum and Producer of Legally Blonde encourages everyone with an interest in performing to audition:

“In keeping with our commitment to developing local talent, we are looking for young performers to fill a range of male and female roles.  Anyone with an interest in acting, singing and dancing is encouraged to audition.  Who knows – it could be the start of a promising career in the theatre for some local performers, as many of our previous Youth Musical cast have already gone on to pursue their dreams in performing arts.  Dennis Grindle, who played Tony in our first production of West Side Story, went on to star as the first Jimmy Rabbett in the West End production of The Commitments.

Rachel O’Connor, who played our Sandy in Grease in 2013, went on to the finals of the hit television show, The Voice UK, which led to her landing a role in Michael Flatley’s show, Dangerous Games, in the West End.  Her Grease co-star, Dylan Reid, who played Danny, had a hugely successful run in the hit musical, Once, which went on to tour Korea. Dylan has also recently been seen on the UK television show, Let It Shine, auditioning for a part in the new Gary Barlow musical. Sinead Sharkey, who also appeared in Grease, is currently performing in Harry Potter in London’s West End. Many people will also remember Mairead Carlin from our first production of Les Miserables, who has now achieved global success with the hit show, Celtic Woman.”

Mags Carlin, Acting Education & Outreach Officer added:

“We are calling on male and female aged 16+ who can act, dance and sing. We hope to find both new people who want to join us and also young people who have auditioned previously. At the audition you will be required to sing (a song that’s not from Legally Blonde) and deliver a short two minute contemporary monologue.  If you do get a recall, it is vital that you can commit to rehearsals from June right through to the public performances in July.”

Those who make the final cast will become part of an unforgettable project performing Legally Blonde on the Forum’s stage for four nights, Wed 24th to Sat 27th July.

Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM motion picture starring Reece Witherspoon, this fabulously fun international award-winning musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

It is brought vividly to life by the Millennium Forum Youth Musical Theatre Group by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).   This project is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City & Strabane District Council. 

If you are aged 16+ and believe you have what it takes to be onstage in this new production of Legally Blonde, make your way to the Forum for the open auditions. 

The auditions will take place at the Millennium Forum on Wednesday 13th 5.30pm-9pm and Saturday 16th March 10am-1pm.  Auditions must be booked in advance by contacting Lisa Lynch.  Telephone 028 7126 4426 or email from Monday 25th February.  Following intensive rehearsals, Legally Blonde will be staged at the Millennium Forum from Wed 24th to Sat 27th July 2019.