More than 80 young hopefuls auditioned in Aberdeen for the chance to dance onstage with the illustrious Matthew Bourne dance company New Adventures at His Majesty’s Theatre next month.
The 24 successful young lads will perform in Matthew Bourne’s extraordinary adapation of William Golding’s classic novel Lord of the Flies at the city centre theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, August 27 to 30.
Presented by New Adventures and re:Bourne, the production is choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Amber and adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.
The auditions were held over two days at The Lemon Tree before a panel consisting of tour director Alan Vincent, project co-ordinator for Scotland Natali Mccleary and executive director James Mackenzie-Blackman.
The 24 chosen are Leon Zarzosa (11) Aberdeen, Josh Milne (11) Aberdeen, Michael Fernyhough (12) Aberdeen, Saul Farrell (11) Inverurie, Thomas Tribe (10) Inverurie, Callum Adams (12) Aberdeen, Ewan Skinner (12) Huntly, Alfie McPherson (13) Dyce, Fraser Raeburn (14) and Andrew Raeburn (14) Huntly, Thomas Kerek (13) Cupar, Michael Skene (14) Aberdeen, Lachlan Macleod (16) Cupar, Stuart Tweedie (17) Aberdeen, Arran Proctor (12) Dyce, Callum Anderson (15) Peterhead, Calum Moore (19), Euan Lownie (15) Stonehaven, Cameron Macdonald (15) Glasgow, Murray Williams (15) Bridge of Don, Samuel Tyson (19), Ross Provan (16) Aberdeen, Harold Oyovwevotu (16) Dyce and Gregor Robertson (17) Aberdeen.
Not just an opportunity to perform on the HMT stage, the project is designed to allow the youngsters the chance to really become involved in the process of being a performer.
It brings together professional dancers from New Advenutres to work and perform alongside the youngsters, giving them a unique opportunity to work with extraordinary dancers, choreographers and designers.
With the auditions behind them, they now face an intensive rehearsal period and will finally to take the responsibility of performing alongside some of the best dancers in the UK today, in a work co-directed by Britain’s most internationally acclaimed choreographer.
The search to find the 24 young dancers included several drop-in sessions at The Lemon Tree under the wing of locally- appointed Lord of the Flies ambassadors Laura Cherry and Miranda Sheehy before the auditions on June 21 and 22.
Since then, the young dancers have been rehearsing weekly and from Monday, August 4 will work intensively with tour director Alan Vincent. Once the full company arrives in Aberdeen, the boys will work with them until the show opens on Wednesday, August 27.
“It has been a very exciting project and we have seen some wonderful local talent,” said Laura. “A few of our boys have either very little dance experience or no dance experience at all, so the next few weeks will be even more of an adventure!
“And of course, it is a remarkable opportunity for them, to work alongside the team who have created some of the most successful dance shows of the last 25 years – including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! And Sleeping Beauty.”
For this production, the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre where a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to create their own rules and to build their own civilisation.
As time passes, the rituals become more disturbing as dark superstitions take hold. Order finally breaks down and blood is spilt as Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys grapple with the ‘beast within’ and the story builds to its thrilling climax.
Golding’s iconic characters are brought to life with raw energy, emotional intensity and electrifying performances. Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining, the piece will enthrall diehard Bourne fans as much as a generation of new audiences.
Tickets for Lord of the Flies at HMT are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.