Arts

Young actors striving for success with new Theatre at The Mill musical

Actors aged 18 and over are invited to audition for Strive: The Musical at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey

THE north's fledgling theatre stars are being given the chance to work with a creative team whose credits include Riverdance and nurturing the careers of James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen and Rachel Tucker.

On December 16, hopeful actors aged 18 and over are invited to audition for Strive, a new musical being staged at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

This brand-new show is the latest original production of Theatre at the Mill which has delivered a host of top-class youth shows under its Homespun programme, offering young people the opportunity to work with distinguished professional directors, musical directors and choreographers.

Essentially Fame for the new generation, Strive focuses on the lives of students in a performing arts school, something that the creative team as educators and mentors know all about.

Penned by Pamela Cassells-Totton, Mark Dougherty and Brigid Shine, composer Mark Dougherty, the former musical director of Riverdance has written the score and will be directed by theatre educator Michael Poynor whose former students include Rachel Tucker, James Nesbitt, Michael Sheen, Conleth Hill, Michelle Fairley and Jonjo O’Neill.

The stellar team also includes musical director and educator Wilson Shields and film and stage actor and teacher, Brigid Shine.

Theatre Manager Bernard Clarkson says: "This is a great opportunity for a young person to work with a gifted team of professionals on a high-quality production.

"The next round of auditions is on December 16 and we would encourage anyone aged 18 and over with a talent for musical theatre to come along and seize this opportunity."

:: If you wish to audition for Strive, then email Bernard.clarkson@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk. Rehearsals for the show will begin in January.

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