W11 Opera for Young People presents IT’S YOUR MOVE, an original opera with story and script by Susan Moore and songs by Tim Yealland (Lyricist) and Russell Hepplewhite (Composer). Following the success of our 2020 fully online production, JUKEBOX, W11 Opera presents a newly commissioned opera for the whole family. This show will combine online and in-person activities and rehearsals to create a film production of It’s Your Move to mark our 50th Anniversary.
When the grand but decaying Marley Hall and all of its contents are put up for auction, the Hart family jump at the chance to own it! But why has no one inherited this old family home and why is it going so cheap?
The five Hart children are about to discover that the Hall holds many secrets about the once wealthy and successful Marley family, and its last owner, Max. Marley Hall was the centre of high society, a whirl of parties, ruthless business and family life. As the family move into their new home, they start to unravel the hidden mysteries of the Marleys and, along the way, discover more about themselves, each other, and about living with the consequences of your decisions.
Will the Hart family be happy in their new home? What are the secrets the Marleys have kept hidden all these years? How did an heir to such a vast fortune end up so alone? It’s Your Move...
Auditions will take place on Zoom on Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th September (see link to the Rehearsal Schedule below for more details).
We ask you to prepare an unaccompanied song of your choice. Something you love that shows off your voice and acting talent! We’ll send you a page of dialogue which you might be asked to read (this does not need to be memorised but do make sure you know it well enough to be able to act and look up from the page).
Everyone who registers is offered a place in this year’s company and a role in the production. Auditions simply allow us to see how best we can showcase your talents.
You will receive a vocal score, performers pack (which includes everything you’ll need for the rehearsal period) & your costume after the auditions as well as learning videos and backing tracks to help you practice your role in the comfort of your own home. Rehearsal times will be emailed weekly. You will also be asked to record your work throughout the rehearsal schedule and the online and in-person sessions will support you through this process so you’ll know exactly what to do and how to best present your performance.
Rehearsals take place on Mondays for all cast members (with some Tuesdays for small ensemble/solo music coaching) before autumn half term. After half term we continue with full company rehearsals on Mondays but add dialogue calls on Tuesdays & Sundays. There are also our in-person activities on some Saturdays through September to November. Please take a close look at the cast rehearsal schedule and inform us of any dates that your child cannot attend when you register.
This year, in addition to online Zoom rehearsals, we will also be having some group in-person activities which may include: How To Record Your Performance & Recording Support, Prop Making & Puppetry, Creating Your Character, Masterclasses & Ensemble Recording Sessions.
These will all be Covid-safe & strictly adhere to any rules that are in place but will also allow us to work together in the same space.
Registration for the full production is £250 per child.
This fee is heavily subsidised as it costs approximately £1000 per child to create an online production (£1500 when we are onstage). We ask that any parents who are able to select the £500 registration. This will allow us to offer a bursary place to a cast member who would otherwise not be able to experience being part of W11 Opera.
We offer full bursaries to up to 25% of our cast. If you would like your child to be considered for a bursary place please select and complete the bursary application at the end of the registration form. Bursary places must be applied for by the 6th August 2021 and will be confirmed as soon as possible after that date. All application information is confidential and your ability to pay will in no way effect casting.
Register now to make sure you don't miss out on being part of our 2021 production - 'It's Your Move'!
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