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Hospice Meets West End – 27th October @ 19:30

hospice meets west end

Join us at Queen Mary’s College Hall for an evening with Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society and Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society Limelight who are performing a selection of songs from current and past West End shows.

Hospice Meets West End will include songs from The Lion King, Matilda, Once and Hairspray and others. Tickets are £10 each and available from St. Michael’s Hospice reception, online at www.baoslimelight.ticketsource.co.uk or on the door.

Proceeds split between St. Michael’s Hospice and BAOS.

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO JOIN THE CAST OF HAIRSPRAY?

The following text is to be published in the Gazette:

‘Mention “Hairspray” the musical and most people will think of Tracey Turnblad, the girl with big hair and an even bigger heart whose one passion is to dance. 

But behind the catchy songs and energy-packed dances of this ever popular musical is a serious message about diversity and racial integration in 60s America.  It’s something the producers of the 2015 BAOS (Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society) production of Hairspray are keeping in mind as they cast their net wide for a cast which will reflect the diversity of the show’s multi-racial characters. There are principal roles for black actors and actresses and plenty of action for both dancers and singers.

Do you have what it takes to be soul singer Motormouth Maybelle, the ultimate party-throwing hostess for the black community? Or her daughter, Lil’ Inez, whom Tracey helps to get her turn in the spotlight and transform a world of closed minds into one where everyone is valued, whatever the colour of their skin – or the size of their hair-do? Or could you take the part of Maybelle’s son, Seaweed J. Stubbs, whose stylish dancing and mega personality act like a magnet on young, impressionable Tracey?

The producers will also be looking to cast a band of sassy singers to form The Dynamites, a group of women vocalists who appear throughout the show.

Other prize parts include Tracey’s parents, the ever-loving Edna and big-hearted Wilbur Turnblad; teen idol Link Larkin; Penny Pingleton who is Tracey’s best friend and biggest supporter; and hit show host Corny Collins  – corny by name and corny by nature. Not forgetting scheming mother and daughter Velma and Amber Von Tussle whose world is about to be challenged by a whole new order of things.

Rehearsals for Hairspray start on Thursday evenings from October 2nd from 7.30 p.m. until 10 p.m. and there will be a dance workshop for all potential cast members on October 23rd. Auditions for the principal parts will be held on Sunday 26th October.  Please get in touch by emailing comms@baos.org or visit the website www.baos.org.uk.

BAOS will be bringing Hairspray to the stage at the Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, in March 2015 and can guarantee a theatrical experience which will be fun from the opening song “Good Morning Baltimore” to the closing number “You Can’t Stop the Beat.”

Can you afford to miss out on being a part of such a great experience?’

Hairspray Audition Information

Please note the following dates for your diary:

Date

Start Time

End Time

Information

24 Sept 19:30 22:00 AGM – Audition material made available and Directors to introduce their vision for the show. Members and non-members are welcome to be present at our AGM.
02 Oct 19:30 22:00 Pre-Audition Rehearsal
09 Oct 19:30 22:00 Pre-Audition Rehearsal
16 Oct 19:30 22:00 Pre-Audition Rehearsal
23 Oct 19:30 22:00 Pre-Audition Rehearsal
26 Oct 10:00 16:00 Principle Character Auditions (schedule to be published at a later date).