Auditions open for child roles in A Christmas Carol

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Could you be an urchin or a street child?

Or how about Tiny Tim or a boy Scrooge.

A production company is on the lookout for would-be stage stars to feature in a classic Christmas tale which is coming to the Tees Valley.

The Forum Theatre in Billingham will host the show later this year.

Anne Dalton from ABD Productions is searching for youngsters to play lead child roles in A Christmas Carol, with open auditions at the theatre which are planned on Sunday, September 13.

The parts which need to be filled include Tiny Tim, Boy Scrooge (who must be able to sing solo), and his sister Fran. They also include the Cratchit children, Belle’s children, urchins and street children.

Older performers and senior dancers - as well as actors and singers - are invited to support the visiting adult professional company as the senior ensemble.

They will also fill several adult character roles.

Organisers say a variety of dance styles is necessary together with the ability to act and sing in ensemble.

A spokesman said: “Several junior teams of musical theatre performers and one senior team will be needed for this exciting new production. Opportunities available for over 100 local cast.”

A Christmas Carol will be staged at Billingham Forum from Wednesday, November 25, to Saturday, November 28, with daytime and evening performances each day.

People who audition need to come in comfortable clothing, appropriate footwear and bring drinks and packed tea. They should not bring backing tracks or prepared pieces.

For more details, including rehearsal dates, contact 01704 880607; 01704 889360; 07967 656351; 07814 618531 or email abd@abdproductions.co.uk

The show is described as faithful to the original timeless classic, and a brilliantly adapted musical version.

Performances start at 7pm each evening with a 10am show on the Thursday, and matinees at 1.30pm on the Friday and 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets are £16 or £12 with concessions and £50 for a family ticket.

For more details and to book seats, contact the theatre box office on (01642) 552663.