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* Auditions: 5th May 2024 at Reign Academy of Dance, Co Down, Belfast, BT26 6PB *

AD PRODUCTION 2024 - BELFAST AUDITTION

Join the cast of "Footloose" this summer...

Experience the excitement of being in a professional musical theatre production

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5th - 17th AUGUST 2024

The Leatherhead Theatre,

7 Church St,

Leatherhead

KT22 8DN

THE AD SUMMER PRODUCTION

Are you aged 9 to 21 and passionate about performing?

 

This summer the Aaron Dwyer production of 'Footloose' is looking for actors, singers, dancers and ensemble!

Step up, show off your talent and experience the excitement of being part of a professional production.

 

Join the cast of Footloose for a summer of growth, fun, and performance...

AGED 9 - 21

INTERESTED IN PERFORMING ARTS

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

Why join us?

  • 2 Week Program 

  • Full-Scale Performances

  • Professional Production Team

  • Industry Exposure

  • Memorable Experience

JOIN THE CAST OF FOOTLOOSE

WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS:

"Superb feedback given. Very smooth running. Thought the judges were kind & supportive & I loved the way Aaron consistently praised the dancers..."

"The energy and vibe were outstanding - thank you!"

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"Thanks to Aaron Dwyer and his team. Everything was very well organised. It was an amazing show and amazing experience for my daughter..."

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ABOUT THE AD COMPANY

At the AD Company, led by founder Aaron Dwyer, we're all about celebrating dance and helping dancers grow. Our events and programs are designed to inspire, educate, and showcase talent across all levels.

What We Offer:

  • Dance Competitions: Join our exciting UK competitions and perform in a live show setting, no matter your age or skill level.

  • Intensives: Improve rapidly in Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, or Musical Theatre with our focused workshops.

  • Associates Program: Boost your dance skills further with our specialised training for intermediate dancers.

We're here to support your dance journey, offering various ways to learn, compete, and even work directly with Aaron Dwyer. Be part of our community that loves dance just as much as you do and strives for excellence every step of the way.

ABOUT THE VENUE: THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE

Leatherhead Theatre, a gem hidden behind Church Street's shops, stands out as a premier venue since its 1969 opening, reflecting the architectural and cultural spirit of the 1960s. Originally the 1930s Crescent Cinema, this venue was transformed into a vibrant cultural hub by architect Roderick Ham and director Hazel Vincent Wallace. Today, it offers a 495-seat auditorium with additional wheelchair space, accommodating a total of 530 patrons. The theatre is not just for performances but also available for larger conferences, auditions, and rehearsals. Beyond the auditorium, it features a bar, coffee bar, gallery, and versatile meeting rooms and workshop facilities, all supported by professional and attentive service to meet your unique needs.

FAQ'S

What is the aim of the summer youth project?

The aim of Summer Youth Project is to provide up to 150 youngsters aged 9 – 21 with the opportunity to work together in a professional theatre. The two-week project culminates in five performances of a full-scale musical under the supervision of a highly skilled creative team including a professional Director, Choreographer, Musical Director, Musicians and Technical team all in just 2 weeks!

What is unique about the experience?

The project provides children & young people with a unique opportunity to take an active interest in the performing arts and is a good foundation for those wishing to further their careers in this field. As well as being actively involved in the arts, it helps our young cast build confidence, develop learning skills, unite with a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, have fun in an imaginative and creative environment, and of course, make lots of new friends!

What dates do performers have to be available?

Performers will need to be available for all auditions, rehearsals and performances as stated below:

 

Audutions: 
5th May 2024 at Reign Academy of Dance, Co Down, BT26 6PB and 19th May 2024 at Dance Attic, London, SW6 1LY

Rehearsals: 
5th August - 17th August 2024 at The Leatherhead Theatre Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN

Performances:
Performances will be from Wednesday 14th August - 17th August 2024 consisting of 4 evenings and one Saturday matinée.

Tickets will be available from The Leatherhead Theatre Box Office - 01372 365141

How much does the Summer Youth Project cost?

The price of the Summer Youth Project 2024 is £395

What do I need to bring to rehearsals?

Rehearsals clothes including trainers or dance shoes, joggers making sure you arewearing appropriate clothing for you to dance in. Jeans and Shoes are notappropriate.

 

Can I leave the the theatre for lunch?

Under 16 year olds will not be allowed to leave the premises unless you have awritten consent from your parent/guardian. Without consent you will not be able toleave the premise without your guardian.

Shall I bring food & drink?

Make sure you bring enough food and drink to get you throughout the day, remembering it is Summer and making sure you are always hydrated. There is a cafe on site but do not rely on it always being open.

What I need to know about rehearsals?

All rehearsals and performances will be held at The Leatherhead Theatre. Rehearsals will mostly run in the Auditorium, we do have access to the rehearsalsstudios inside the theatre where scene work, dance routines and singing will belearnt in smaller groups due to us running on a tight schedule. Everyone will beinformed of where they need to be in advance by the creative team andchaperones.

 

Signing in and out times.

Between 5th - 17th August

9:00 Registration

9:15 Start

11:00- 11:15 Break (Do NOT leave the theatre)

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch (sing out and sign in)

16:00 - 16:15 Break (Do NOT leave the theatre)

18:00 Finish & Sign Out.

 

Signing in and out 14th - 17th

Wednesday 14th

9am - over 16 years old call only

9:15 - band call

9:30 - run numbers with vocalists

12:00 Lunch (sing out and sign in) Registration for under 16 years

13:00 Registration

14:00 Dress Run

16:30 Dinner (sign out and sign in)

17:30 Registration

19:30 - First Live Performance.

Thursday 15th August

17:00 - Registration

17:30 - Full cast warm up

19:30 - Performance

 

Friday 16th August (Depending on ticket sales we might open a Friday matinee so will run same as Saturday 17th)

17:00 - Registration

17:30 - Full cast warm up

19:30 - Performance

 

Saturday 18th August

13:00 - Registration

13:15 - Full cast warm up

14:30 - Performance17:00 - Break

18:00 - Registration

19:30 - Final Performance

 

Are parents/guardian allowed to watch rehearsals and be with their children?

We only allows licensed chaperones on the premises and around the children overthe two weeks. Parents are not allowed in the auditorium or rehearsals studiosduring rehearsals due to our safeguarding policy. If you are or are thinking of becoming a licensed chaperone and would like to help out over the two weeksplease email team@theaarondwyer.com.com.

 

What do I need for costume?

Footloose is a very easy show to costume as it is casual wear, shorts/active wear/jeanst-shirts/crop tops/vest tops. Dancers will need leg warmers/high socks, not forgetting your school bag. All these items you will be able to find in your wardrobe. We will send all dancers a link where you can purchase leg warmers from.

 

Will the entire cast be needed every day?

Yes need 100% commitment from every cast member. Producing a full scalemusical in under two weeks is quite the task, we need all cast members to attendall of their rehearsals being present in the theatre each day working with our team of professionals.

 

Can I buy tickets?

Tickets will be on sale soon we will send a separate email to let you know all of thatinformation as soon as they are live. When they are live you can purchase them from the theatre website https://www.theleatherheadtheatre.com and the theatrebox office on 01372 365141

What is the address of the theatre?

7 Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8DN

 

How do I pay my deposit?

You will receive your invoice for the deposit of £50 when you accept your place, this will be sent in a separate email from The Aaron Dwyer Company.

 

When does the full amount need to be paid?

Payment can be taken straight away however you have until 1st July to pay the outstanding balance. Continuous reminders may be sent prior to this date from our system.

 

Can I pay in instalments?

Certainly, we can set up a plan to suit you, please contact us and advise us howyou would like to pay, all outstanding fees must be received by 1st July 2024. Email- team@theaarondwyer.com

 

I will be travelling and staying in a hotel, is there one close to the theatre?

Yes! There is a Travel Lodge hotel just one minute from the theatre. Check their site for Travel Lodge Leatherhead for availability. Some cast members have decided to share accommodation to keep the cost low. Please let us know if you would like access to this list to arrange with other cast members.

 

Can I register as a chaperone for the show?

Yes, we’re always looking for chaperones to come alone and help us look after theyounger cast members. If you have a valid licence please contact us to expressyour interest. You can apply for a chaperone licence from your local council.

 

My friend would like to be take part, can they join?

We always have space to accommodate company members, if they would like totake part in this years Summer Youth Project all they have to do is email us an audition video of they either singing dancing or acting and we will cast them accordingly. Not all video submissions will be accepted. ***They will only be able to participate as a company member as all principle and featured roles have been distributed*** if they would like to submit a video this can be done by emailing us at team@theaarondwyer.com.

 

Does this happen every year?

Yes! We will hold our Summer Youth Projects on a yearly basis and we will be announcing next years production before our final performance on the 17th August.

 

Do we need to audition every year?

Yes, the way we run this experience, its about the whole process of working in a professional theatre with a professional production team, and auditioning is part ofthat process. We will cast each show accordingly and for each show everycharacter is different, we also urge those who are attending this year to work hard and show the production team how versatile and professional you are to show us you are driven and willing to learn so we remember your work ethic for next yearsproduction.

What else can I do?

The Aaron Dwyer Company has opportunities all year round. For more information you can find all details on our website at www.theaarondwyer.com

Will the performance be recorded & photographed?

Yes, we have a recording licence for our Summer Youth Project. Copies will beavailable to purchase following the production but can be ordered before. We willalso have a professional photographer taking photos of the dress rehearsal andheadshots and will be available for you to purchase in the foyer of the theatre atevery show.Can I call you?Certainly, we love to talk things through, our office number is 020 8707 7890. If you can’t get hold of us we monitor our emails 24/7 so please feel free to contact us at team@theaarondwyer.com

JOIN THE CAST OF FOOTLOOSE

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