Youngsters’ chance to appear on stage at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

Lionel Richie on stage at the OAT
Lionel Richie on stage at the OAT

On Stage, a leading arts academy, 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, which is based at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds, were 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 yearly event.

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

Now youngsters can tread the boards where acts such as Little Mix, Britney Spears and Lionel Richie have performed.

“I believe in giving young talent a chance”, said Tony, “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,” she said. “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 on Wednesdays from mid-July at The Carriageworks Theatre.

“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.”

Anyone aged between five and 16 who would like to take part, can contact On Stage Academy at or call 07765 536695.

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

They bring together young entertainers who perform alongside professional tribute acts and children’s entertainers.