Important Production Dates
Auditions: Saturday 7 March
Rehearsals: Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm from 21 March.
No Rehearsals on 11, 18 April or 30 May
Technical Rehearsal Day: Thursday 18 June
Dress Rehearsal Day: Friday 19 June
Performances: at 2.30pm and 6.30pm
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June
Our summer production will be E. Nesbit's The Railway Children at The Stoke Park Railway in Guildford. Auditions for the show will be just like our regular workshops. There’s no need to feel nervous or intimidated.
Auditions will last 45 minutes. We’d like you to book your time in advance.
Auditions are on Saturday 7 March at Lockwood Centre Westfield Rd, Guildford GU1 1RR
Everyone’s welcome to audition. There’s nothing to prepare in advance - we just ask that everyone tries their best.
At the audition, children will be asked to read a short script extract and do an improvisation.
Rehearsals and Commitment
You can download the full rehearsal and performance schedule here so that you can see what sort of commitment is involved. All performances will go ahead as planned - even if it's raining!
We work really hard when casting a show to make sure that the right person is in the right role. It’s our job to give children a part that will challenge their ability and allow them to feel successful.
We want children to leave the audition feeling that they have worked hard, and tried their best.
There is a large cast with lots of speaking roles - there are strong roles for both boys and girls.
Children will be needed for all the rehearsals for their team. Unlike our previous show, there will only be one team for The Railway Children. Like all our shows, everyone will have lots to do. There aren’t really any small roles.
The show fee is £95 and paid when you audition. It will be refunded if we don’t offer your child a role.
The show fee now includes everything that your child will need to take part in the performance (including shoes and a script to keep). Tickets to see the show are not included.
To appear in The Railway Children, children must attend our workshops during the Spring and Summer Terms.
Due to the times of the rehearsal and performances, children shouldn't need to take any time off school.
Parent’s will need to apply for permission for their child’s absence from school if required. We suggest that you check with your child's school before auditioning.
We ask each cast member to sell a minimum of 10 tickets to their family and friends.
We also ask parents to help promote the show via social media.
We might also ask for help with the get-in and get-out, as well as for people to help sell raffle tickets and programmes at the performances.
Parents are also asked to donate a raffle prize or two. Everyone needs to do their bit.
Chaperones play a vital part in looking after the cast during the performances. Without chaperones, the performance cannot go ahead.
We have a very small and dedicated group of chaperones; very few of whom actually have children in the show. We desperately need more.
Being a chaperone is enjoyable and rewarding. It can take a little time to register, so if you are interested, please contact your local authority as soon as possible.
If you live in Surrey contact Child Employment on 01483 5178383
If you live in Hampshire contact Child Employment on 01962 876300
We take attendance at rehearsal very seriously. If a cast member misses a rehearsal without first discussing it with us, they will lose their role.
Prior commitments should be notified in writing, at the time of audition. This may reduce the possibility of being cast in the show.
We understand that sometimes illness means there is no other option than to miss a rehearsal. This is considered on an individual basis.
Once a rehearsal is missed, a second rehearsal missed for any reason, including illness, will mean a lost role. There is no exception to this.
What Do I Pay and When?
The Show Fee is £95. Please pay this before the audition, by Bank Transfer:
Account: 71408100 Sort Code: 40 22 12
If you’ve got any questions just drop us an email, or ask us at workshop - we’re more than happy to help.