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LATA on lookout for ‘fresh blood’ for Phantom staging

Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts representatives at the NODA awards. From left, Lynda Clarkson, Brandon Gutierrez, Ben David, Laurienne Imeson and Barbara Kenny

Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts representatives at the NODA awards. From left, Lynda Clarkson, Brandon Gutierrez, Ben David, Laurienne Imeson and Barbara Kenny

The award-winning Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts celebrates its 20th birthday this year – and is offering the opportunity for new young performers to be involved in its anniversary production.

The company is staging Phantom of the Opera at Lowther Pavilion from November 19 to 22 and is looking for potential fresh blood.

Auditions for new members will take place at the Academy’s rehearsal room at the United Reformed Church, Bannister Street, Lytham on Sunday at 1pm and director Lynda Clarkson said: “It is a great show we are delighted to be staging in this very special year. Every year, we hold new members’ auditions to replace students who leave us when they reach 18. With the nature of this show, we are especially looking for older teenagers, who must still be under 19 by the time the show is staged.”

The Academy, popularly known as LATA and with a current compliment of some 45 members, staged its first production in 1994 and Lynda has been involved from the very start.

The company’s productions have regularly earned awards from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and last year’s staging of Miss Saigon, directed by Lynda, won a clutch of regional awards in the youth section, as well as being judged best overall show of the year. Anyone going along to Sunday’s audition should make contact in advance to rachelblackburn68@talktalk.net.

 

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