A THEATRE school is searching for young stars to appear in its production of the hit show High School Musical.
Brighouse based Heavy Arts Theatre School is staging its version of the world-wide phenomenon this summer.
And producers are holding open auditions in a bid to find the best of Huddersfield’s talent for the chorus and principal roles.
Auditions kick off this Sunday, February 27, at Moldgreen Community Primary School.
Sean Selby, artistic director of Heavy Arts, said this is a unique opportunity for local youngsters to tread the boards and he is expecting a healthy turnout thanks to the popularity of the Disney hit.
“We do open auditions for every show and it’s our way of giving young people the opportunity to perform, as well as, hopefully, finding the next talent.
“We are so excited to be staging this as we have been waiting for the chance to do it since the amateur rights were released in 2008.
“It’s a fantastic show and I expect it will be quite popular. We always try and find things that will suit the cast and this will be perfect.’’
He added: “This is today’s Grease. There’s a lot of characters children can relate to and I think it captures boys and girls in high school very well.
“It’s this generation’s musical and opened up a lot of opportunities in school dance and drama departments as well as being the reason why shows like the X Factor and Glee are so popular.”
The stage show is based on the hugely successful film High School Musical.
It tells the story of two pupils from rival cliques: captain of the basketball team Troy and shy transfer student Gabriella.
The Huddersfield production will be staged at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in July.
Students from Heavy Arts will play some of the parts but fresh talent is sought, particularly to play members of the school basketball team.
Performers have to be aged 14 to 18, but having talent is more important than stage experience.
For more information on auditioning call 01484 714480 or email email@example.com.