Auditions for Jane Eyre young company

Auditions for Jane Eyre young company

Octagon Theatre Bolton sends out casting call for two teams of two girls and one boy for upcoming production Jane Eyre

Octagon Theatre Bolton will be starting 2018 with a brand new adaptation of Jane Eyre, adapted by Lorna French from Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, and directed by Elizabeth Newman. For this production the Octagon is looking for ten young people to make up two teams of four girls and one boy, who will be needed to help bring the story to life. They will be playing the characters including Young Bertha, Young Jane, and John Reed.

Penniless and alone, Jane emerges from a bleak childhood to make her way in life as a governess. At Thornfield Hall, she falls in love with her mysterious employer Mr Rochester. However, he is hiding a terrible secret that could ruin everything.

This will be an exciting and enjoyable opportunity to join a professional cast of actors and director Elizabeth Newman, who has previously worked with young companies on To Kill a Mockingbird and the Octagon’s community summer project The Railway Children. The girls will need to have the playing age of 10 and the boys will need to have the playing age of 14. In order to audition, the young people must be between the ages of 9 and 15. The two teams will perform on alternate nights. No experience is required, but the young people auditioning must like dancing. 

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Director Elizabeth Newman says: “Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a beautiful story about tenderness, honesty and strength of spirit, and we are all delighted to be bringing a new adaptation of this classic to life here in Bolton with Lorna French. We feel that in order to capture the innocence and bold spirit of the characters in Jane Eyre we need young people to bring energy, enthusiasm, and their own spirit into our rehearsal room and our auditorium. They will breathe life into some of the most integral characters in the story, and I can’t wait to work with them.”

Auditions will be held at the Octagon Theatre Bolton with Elizabeth Newman on Sat 23 September 2017, 2pm – 3pm

The teams of actors must be available throughout the run (Thu 18 January – Sat 10 February 2018) as well as the below dates for rehearsals:

Saturday 2nd December            10am – 6pm (bring lunch)         
Saturday 9th December             2pm – 6pm
Tuesday 12th December            4pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 13th December       4pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 14th December           4pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 19th December            4pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 20th December       4pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 21st December           4pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 2nd January                 4pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 3rd January 4pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 4th January                 4pm – 6.30pm  
Tuesday 9th January                  4pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 10th January           4pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 11th January               4pm – 6.30pm
Saturday 13th January               9.30am – 1.30pm

Extra dates will be added to this schedule for technical rehearsals, which take place the week of the opening performance.

If you would like to find out more or register your interest or the interest of your child, please complete application and consent forms that can be found on the Octagon’s website octagonbolton.co.uk/about-us/casting/

Applications must be completed and returned by Wed 20 September 2017.

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