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Nativity! The Musical launches second round of open audititions

Posted on 2 May 2018

Following the huge success of our call-out for Midlands children to star as the pupils of St Bernadette’s in the forthcoming tour of Nativity! The Musical, we’re now on the look-out for local kids to join the cast as their rivals Oakmoor School.

In a second round of auditions announced this week, budding performers are being called upon to sparkle and shine on stage during the Coventry tour dates only (23-28 October), so if you missed out on the first round, or were unable to take part in the full tour, now is your chance to join the magic!

In order to audition, children must first be registered with children’s regional casting directors Keston and Keston. This can be done either via the website at www.kestonandkestoncasting.com, or via the Keston Casting iOS app, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Auditions for the Belgrade leg of the tour will be held in Coventry on Saturday 7 July. Successful applicants who fall within the criteria below will be sent an invite containing full information, including the location for the audition.

In order to take part in the show, all children must:

  • Be aged between 9 and 12 years old on 1st September 2018
  • Be no taller than 4ft 7inches
  • Live within 45 miles of the venue they are auditioning for, and be available to perform on all dates there (full tour dates are listed below)
  • Be characterful but disciplined children with strong singing, acting and movement skills and a passion for performing

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 May.

Presented by the Belgrade Theatre together with Jamie Wilson, Entertainment One (eOne) and Ramin Sabi, Nativity! The Musical is the smash-hit stage adaptation of the original Nativity! movie, famously filmed on location here in Coventry. The show is written and directed by the multi-talented Debbie Isitt, creator of the original blockbuster film series.

Debbie Isitt said: “We are looking for characterful but disciplined children who can ‘act’ as snobby and superior and yet have a sense of fun and can give over the top performances if required. We need the children to have good movement ability – marching, basic choreography and have excellent posture. They should also be able to sing confidently, have basic acting ability and enjoy performing.”

Having premiered to huge acclaim at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre last year, Nativity! The Musical now heads out on its second UK tour in 2018, kicking off at the Belgrade in October.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his crazy teaching assistant Mr Poppy, some hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, Nativity! The Musical features all of the favourite sing-a-long hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star – plus a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas!

Nativity! The Musical runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 23 until Saturday 28 October, before embarking on a UK tour. Tickets are available to book now.

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Nov 2, 2017, 9:22 am