Youngsters get chance to star on OAT stage

People aged between 5-16 will be performing the show where the top stars have appeared at the OAT.
People aged between 5-16 will be performing the show where the top stars have appeared at the OAT.

On Stage, a leading arts academy based at The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds is looking for young performers – experienced and beginners – to appear at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre at the end of August.

Four years ago, On Stage was invited by their patron impresario Tony Peers to perform at one of his family fun days at the OAT – and since then it has become a regular yearly event.

With a showbusiness career spanning over 50 years as a performer and producer, Tony produces numerous pantomimes and summer shows around the UK.

He said: “I believe in giving young talent a chance and to have On Stage on board at the OAT is great for all involved.

“Last year they excelled with their potted version of the The Railway Children, so this year I suggested to Liz Coggins that she write something with a local history flavour.

“So Liz set to work and researched and wrote a piece about The Scarborough Bombardment of 1914.

“That was the day death came calling to the sleepy seaside town. It was the first civilian attack on British Soil of World War I and the resort suffered badly.

“I put historical facts together with music and drama and created a short work about the Bombardment as seen through the eyes of the schoolchildren of the time.”

The group is now looking for young performers for both leading roles and the ensemble. The show is on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 28 and workshops/rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from mid-July at The Carriageworks Theatre.

He added: “We know it’s the holiday season and we appreciate some of the cast will have to miss the odd rehearsal but the team will run catch-up sessions to ensure everyone is up to speed and confident, so don’t let that put you off.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to perform on that stage and creates a memory they will never forget.”

Tony Peers, known as Mr Scarborough was invited to compere the opening of the Open Air Theatre in 2010. He was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Scarborough’s Tourist Awards and made an Hon Freeman of Scarborough.

Family Fun Days are free to visit and take place at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre every Monday and Wednesday afternoon throughout August.

If you know anyone aged between 5-16 who would like to take part contact On Stage Academy onstagetheatreartsacademy@gmail.com or call 07765536695.