Young actors wanted

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Blackpool’s Grand Youth Theatre Company (GYTC) is holding auditions for its new production.

Following two successful productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010 and 2011 the GYTC is now again taking part in the National Theatre’s 2011 Connections programme.

Connections is a national festival of new writing and young theatre making. Each year the National Theatre commissions 10 exciting new plays.

Youth theatres, schools and colleges throughout the country select one to work on and perform it at their own venue and then showcase it at a regional theatre. The GYTC took part in the 2010 Connections, staging Noel Clarke’s (Doctor Who, Kidulthood) Those Legs at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

This year the company will be performing Michael Lesslie’s Prince of Denmark in the Grand Theatre’s Lawrence House Studio in February before taking it to the Brewery in May.

Set a decade before the action of Shakespeare’s play, Prince of Denmark follows the teenage Hamlet, Ophelia and Laertes as they rage against the roles handed down by their parents.

Secure in his position as the Danish heir, Hamlet sets his sights on romantic pursuit of the newly arrived Ophelia. Her ambitious brother, Laertes, seizes the opportunity with the hope of enhancing his social standing.

The young characters attempt to balance duty, expectation and adolescence in a world of scheming, ambition and a play within a play.

The GYTC is looking for actors aged 16 to 19 to audition for the play. Anyone interested should contact Colin Snell, GYTC director, on gytc@blackpoolgrand.co.uk or call 07714 657279. Auditions will be taking place within the next few weeks.

The GYTC was set up in September 2009 and meets regularly at the Grand Theatre. Under the direction of Colin Snell the GYTC is an opportunity for young people aged 11 to 26 to work within a theatrical company.

Their first piece, The Servant to Two Masters, played on the main stage at the Grand Theatre before running for a week at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2011 they performed at two venues across the Festival with Ella Hickman’s Eight – including performing for the playwright herself one night.

The company recently took part in the Whitefield Halloween Festival and Blackpool Annual Literature Festival.