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Issue:- 19 June 2014

The Search for Annie and her orphan friends is on as auditions are announced

THE Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust (BOST) are seeking enthusiastic, talented young girls to star in the production and are holding auditions to find Annie and her orphan friends on the mornings of Saturday, 28 June and Sunday, 29 June 2014. This production will be returning to the Liverpool Empire over 27 November to 30 November 2014. The auditions are free; however, everyone must pre-register by completing and returning an application form, together with 2 passport photographs; other formats will not be accepted as these are required for identification and licensing purposes. The deadline to return completed application forms top the Empire has been extended to 10am, on Monday, 23 June 2014. Those wishing to audition should be between the ages of 6 and 15 years old and must be no taller than 4ft 9inches. No experience is necessary. Auditions will take place at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and those auditioning will need to prepare the song:- 'The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow'. A recall audition will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 29 June 2014, at BOST Headquarters. Following this, shortlisted girls will be invited to a final audition at BOST headquarters in Birkenhead and will be informed of the outcome that day. Weekly rehearsals for the chosen girls will be held at BOST Headquarters in Birkenhead, commencing in July, with additional Sunday rehearsals with the full cast, starting 6 weeks before the show opens.  BOST's Director Elsie Kelly, well known from ITV's Benidorm, said:- "We are looking for confident and enthusiastic girls to audition for the roles of Annie and her orphan friends. Last time we staged this show, our cast included 10 year old Stephanie Davis from Liverpool as Annie. She went on to be a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber's BBC show 'Over the Rainbow' and now plays Sinead O'Connor in 'Hollyoaks'. Hopefully we can discover more stars of the future this time around."

Elsie added:- "We chose 'Annie' as our next major production because it is a feel good, family musical which will be enjoyed by audiences and the cast alike. The production will also allow us to showcase talented, local, young performers and help them further their interest in theatre."  For further information and to download an application form, please visit:- and click on the 'Creative Learning' tab.  BOST will also be looking to cast a local dog to star alongside Annie, and details of these auditions will be announced nearer the show. If you did not know who BOST are, well they are an award winning musical theatre society which strives to provide the best in live theatrical entertainment in the Northwest. Based on Merseyside, they have a membership of over 100, involving people both on and off stage. BOST perform large scale productions annually at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool and also perform concerts and shows at other theatres on both sides of the Mersey. Recent shows have included:- 'The Sound of Music', Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Guys and Dolls'.

Something Old, Something New at Prescot Festival

PRESCOT'S 10th Annual Arts and Music Festival promises a host of tested classics among newer offerings. The event takes place 20 June 2014, with a opening night, with Phoenix Concert Orchestra, features such popular 'light music' melodies as A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and Puffin' Billy, better known as the theme to Radio 4's Children's Favourites. Professor Dr Ian Tracey, of Liverpool Cathedral, returns to the parish where he began his musical career, to give a 'Top of the Organ Pops' recital that includes Albinoni's Adagio and Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The Prescot Festival welcomes Centenary Theatre Company for the 1st time, with a programme of songs from hit shows including Rent, My Fair Lady and Les Misérables. Foden's Band; currently at no. 3 in the world brass rankings; also makes its Prescot debut, with a Gala Concert in celebration of the Festival's 10th year. Also in honour of the Anniversary, Parish Organist Tim Hall will premiere a new piece by festival founder and director Dr Robert Howard, a teacher at St Edward's College. The 10th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs until Sunday, 29 June 2014. The full schedule is online at:-

Fictional Storytelling Through Photography With Cristina de Middel

TELL fictional stories using photography and create your very own 'dummy' photobook under the guidance of self publishing expert Cristina de Middel in a special master class at Open Eye Gallery. The workshop will mix fact and fiction; participants will learn how to use photography in a non-documentary way, instead using their cameras as powerful new tools in fictional storytelling. The cost for this event is £250 full price and £220 concession. Places are limited and participants are required to use their own digital camera equipment. If you would like the opportunity to work with Cristina please forward a selection of up to 6 (low-res) images to:-, together with a short covering letter (350 words max) explaining your interest in self publishing and how you feel this opportunity would benefit your practice. Applications must be received before 2 July 2014, at 10am. Successful candidates will be chosen by Open Eye Gallery's Director Lorenzo Fusi and Cristina de Middel and contacted on 3 July 2014. See OpenEye.ORG.UK for more information. "This fantastic, competitive workshop is a collaboration between Open Eye Gallery and LOOK, organisers of the Liverpool International Photography Festival. It is delivered as part of the International Festival For Business 2014 with thanks to Liverpool City Council. Cristina de Middel is a Spanish Artist best known for her self published photography book The Afronauts. The book, published in 2012, is a fictional record of the Zambian space program in South Africa. In 2013 she was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and exhibited The Afronauts at The Photographer's Gallery, London. In the same year Cristina also received the Infinity Award from the International Centre for Photography, New York. We are excited to present a new commission from Cristina as part of Open Eye Gallery's Biennial exhibition, Not All Documents Are Records. Cristina reinterprets the history of the Liverpool Biennial and imagines its possible future developments." said Charlotte Anne Down, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Open Eye Gallery.

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