Lark Rise production seeking actors, singers and musicians

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WHITBY Amateur Dramatic Society are opening up the stage inviting, actors, singers and musicians interested in being part of their autumn production Lark Rise.

Following a successful meeting in July, readings to cast the play, adapted by Keith Dewhurst from Flora Thompson’s semi-autobiographical trilogy, are set to take place on Sunday 4 and Wednesday 7 September.

Director Angela Cook, said: “Where are lots of parts to allocate, some of them characters who appear throughout the play and others just for short scenes.

“There’s also lots of scope for extras and participation in crowd scenes. The action is complemented by a selection of traditional music and song, the majority of the songs are ensemble but there is also call for some solo singing.”

Actors, singers and musicians, including new members, are welcome at either of the readings which will be held at Whitby Conservative Club at 7.30pm. She added: “Many people will be familiar with the recent television adaptation of the Lark Rise to Candleford, but this play version, commissioned by the National Theatre back in the 1970s, is very different, although featuring some of the same characters.

“More true to the original book, it draws together a collection of reminiscences, anecdotes and folklore to depict the events of a single day in the life of the folk of Lark Rise, and evokes a vanished way of rural life and agricultural customs.

“Assistant director David Wright and I are really looking forward to a good turn out for the readings and getting the production underway.”

Lark Rise is set for production at the Whitby Pavilion Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 17, 18 and 19 November. WADS are also inviting members old and new to the re-start of the society’s monthly social readings starting with The Safari Party, by Tim Firth.

Members old and new are welcome to the event at Whitby Conservative Club tonight (2 September) at 7.30pm.