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Audition dates set for Chester Mystery Plays

Published date: 10 September 2012 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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The Chester Mystery Plays being performed in 2008 

AUDITIONS and workshops for Chester’s historic Mystery Plays will be held over the next two months.

Peter Leslie Wild, artistic director of the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays, and music director, Matt Baker, will be holding workshops and auditions for actors, musicians and singers in October and November.

“Planning for the 2013 production of the Chester Mystery Plays started the day after the last performance in 2008,” said Jo Sykes, chairman of Chester Mystery Plays.

“But suddenly it all feels very real now that we can invite people along to auditions.”
“We had a fantastic series of workshops with local people in November 2011 and February 2012,” continued Peter Leslie Wild. “Stephanie Dale (writer) has used a lot of the ideas and stories that we heard then in her new script for 2013.  It’s very exciting now to be coming back to people with the script and to take the huge next step of holding auditions for what will be a truly amazing production.”

Mr Baker said: “Because the production will be in the wonderful setting of the nave we’ll be able to have more live musicians than we’ve ever had before. We’ll therefore be holding a workshop for musicians as well as for people who want to sing in the Mystery Plays’ choir.”

“Anyone who wants to be involved can be,” added Peter Leslie Wild. “Everyone appearing on the stage will be a voluntary, community performer, and we want everyone who wants to take part to be there. No experience is necessary – just enthusiasm and commitment!”

Workshops and auditions for those wanting to act in the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays will be held on 27 and 28 October and 3 and 4 November at Chester Cathedral, while workshops for singers and musicians will be on October 21. For full details, including information on how to book an audition time, please contact Jane Dawson at info@chestermystery plays.com

Rehearsals for the production will start in January 2013 with performances taking place in the nave of Chester Cathedral from June 26 to July 13, 2013.

Tickets for the 2013 production of Chester Mystery Plays are now on sale at www.chestermystery plays.com / 01244 500959.

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