Auditions have taken place for the principal roles in ‘Swindon: The Opera’, the musical extravaganza due to be performed in Swindon on 7 & 8 July 2012 at STEAM.
Exceptional talent was displayed to the audition panel which included local MP Robert Buckland, Matt Fox – the mastermind behind the production, Janice Thompson – Director of the JTP Trust, Geoff Walters – Chairman of the Swindon Music Festival Committee and Mirian Sirrelle – Conductor of the Swindon Co-operative Ladies Choir.
Auditionees from as young as 9 years old performed in front of the panel, in the hope of securing a principal role and taking part in a production which will undoubtedly become a momentous piece of Swindon’s history.
Robert Buckland, Conservative MP for South Swindon commented "It’s great to see such a wealth of local talent coming forward in this exciting enterprise. It was lovely to hear operatic singing and singing for musical theatre, which demonstrates what musical expertise we have here in Swindon".
Matt Fox said "The quality of the auditionees surpassed all expectations and selecting the cast is certainly the hardest part of putting together the production. With the extraordinary talent shown to us, we anticipate the opera to be an unmissable event".
A media frenzy ensued after The Telegraph covered the story. Matt Fox, Librettist, has been interviewed on a host of radio programmes and the cast have been busy filming with ITV News. The opera was also covered by the daily television programme, The One Show.
Forming an Adult Community Choir is next on the agenda for the busy production team. Should you wish to take part in the choir, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Rehearsals begin on Thursday 19 April 2012 at St Barnabas Church, Gorse Hill, Swindon.
For further information, please contact Matt Fox, Trustee, Janice Thompson Performance Trust on 07876 766088 or email@example.com
Pictured, from top: Young auditionees; Matt Fox, Robert Buckland MP, Janice Thompson and Geoff Walters; auditionees James and Ali Cannings