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Dancers and singers needed for Birmingham musical

Published: 25 May 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Bringing history to life: To the Streets!

Independent producer China Plate and Birmingham Hippodrome are searching for talent to take part in their new concert musical To The Streets!

The creative team will hold open auditions at the Hippodrome between Friday 10 and Sunday 12 June with a view to finding strong singers and dancers, particularly those who represent the diversity of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

To The Streets! is a new musical by Roy Williams and Tim Sutton. It is inspired by the 1963 Bristol bus boycott, described as a “pivotal moment” in the UK’s civil rights history.

Choreographer Danielle “Rhimes” Lacointe said, “having witnessed the dance talent of Birmingham and the West Midlands first hand through my work with ZooNation, I’m delighted to get the opportunity to work here again on such an exciting production, telling such an important but little-known story.

“We’re looking for a group of excellent singers but also strong and passionate dancers to bring history to life in a dynamic and relevant way. We’re especially keen to hear from people with some experience of hip hop, jazz or lindy hop, whatever your age or background.”

Music and lyrics writer Tim Sutton added, “we’re looking for people who sing from the heart. The score is an eclectic mix of ska, calypso, rock 'n' roll and uplifting anthems, and we’re hoping to have an exciting, hard-working summer where we collaborate to tell this fascinating story to a new Midlands audience.”

The community cast will perform alongside the principal cast at three parks as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival. The performances will take place at Handsworth Park, Birmingham on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, Windmill Hill, Coventry on the University of Warwick campus on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August and West Park, Wolverhampton on Sunday 28 August.