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The call is out for young people with a passion for dance, singing or drama to register for the Star for a Night open casting event on Sunday 27 January at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill.
Star for a Night is the annual free performing arts show for young people organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, packed with singing, dance and drama.
The council says it is looking for as many 11 to 18 year olds as it can to take part. This year, established bands in that age range can also apply.
After the casting event on 27 January, participants will take part in rehearsals over ten weeks with free coaching from local dance and performing arts schools. The final shows are on 10 and 11 April.
Cllr Rod Ashford, executive member for leisure and wellbeing, said:
“All young people who come to the casting and are able to commit to the rehearsals will perform in the final shows.”
Last year around 100 young people participated in the final performances on stage at the Harlequin.
Young people who live or go to school in the borough of Reigate & Banstead are eligible to take part in Star for a Night.
Participants and their parents need to register in advance by filling in a short form on the council’s website.
Cllr Ashford said:
“2019 is a very special year: it’s our 20th anniversary show. Star for a Night gives our young people the opportunity to improve their performance skills with free coaching from experts.
Taking part in the final show on stage at the Harlequin Theatre is an unforgettable experience.”
Everyone in the show will have the chance to win one of six scholarships to local performing arts schools.
Urban Play, Orbit Shed and the Zapphire School of Dance will be providing tuition throughout the rehearsals and each has offered two scholarships in dance, drama and singing.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council runs Star for a Night with support from Surrey County Council Members’ Allocation Funds from Councillors Natalie Bramhall and Jonathan Essex.