Grease is the word as Calder Valley actors prepare for auditions

Music, dancing and pony-tailed high school girls will be in abundance later this year as Calder Valley Youth Theatre prepares to stage the hit show Grease.

The first cast “get together”will be on Sunday, April 14, from 2pm to 4pm at Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge.

Young people already at secondary school (Years 7 to 13) are welcome to turn up on Sunday afternoon to learn all about the show and what they will need to learn for the auditions. All the information for the show will be available at this initial meeting.

On Sunday April 21 there will be audition workshops - singing, dancing and dialogue - at Salem Mill between 2pm and 4pm.

On Tuesday, April 23, there will be further audition workshops, this time at 7.15pm at the rehearsal rooms in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Anyone who would like to attend the actual auditions - to be held on Sunday, April 28, at Salem Mill - will need to book their audition slots in advance when they attend the workshops.

Youth Theatre spokesman Adrian Horton said: “Due to the nature of the show, auditions will only be available to children already attending secondary school.

“We would recommend that you are available for all the workshops as this will help you in the auditions.”

The show is to be a relatively long time in the planning as the production will not be staged until November at Halifax Playhouse, King Cross Street.

But the young cast has, in the past, pulled off some outstanding productions which have earned them praise.

Last year’s offering at the Playhouse was the musical Cats, with other notable performances in recent years being Our House, West Side Story and Les Miserables School Edition.

The youth theatre will present The Big Spring Concert on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at the Ted Hughes Theatre, Calder High School, Mytholmroyd (7.15pm). Tickets: adults £7, children £3, on the door or tel: 0797 1428759.