Could you be a stage star?

Aiming for stardom at the Stage Experience launch of Bugsy Malone  at the Empire, Sunderland were ( left to right) Daniel Hawdon, Sarah Clark, Charlotte Stoker, Ryan Summerbell, Olivia Bowern, Melissa Cavanagh, Jordan Branthwaite.
Aiming for stardom at the Stage Experience launch of Bugsy Malone at the Empire, Sunderland were ( left to right) Daniel Hawdon, Sarah Clark, Charlotte Stoker, Ryan Summerbell, Olivia Bowern, Melissa Cavanagh, Jordan Branthwaite.
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SO you want to be an actor? Want to be the star?

Wannabe theatre stars are being urged to get their splat guns at the ready for a forthcoming version of musical Bugsy Malone.

Based on the 1976 film starring Jodie Foster, Bugsy Malone - which features song So You Want to Be a Boxer? - will be staged at the Sunderland Empire as part of its Stage Experience.

Each year, the theatre gives nine to 25-year-olds the chance to audition for a role in a professionally produced show whether it be in an acting part or behind the scenes as part of its two week not for profit summer school.

Successful participants work alongside a professional director, musical director, choreographer and backstage crew to train in singing, dancing, acting and technical theatre.

Past Stage Experience shows have included Oliver, We Will Rock You and Thoroughly Modern Millie which have proved a huge success.

This year’s show is based in New York in 1929 when a war rages between rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Dan has the new and dreaded splurge gun, and as custard pies fly, Bugsy Malone, an all round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown.

Famous tracks from the musical include Fat Sam’s Grand Slam and My Name is Tallulah.

Gemma Clough, creative learning manager at Sunderland Empire, said: “Stage Experience is such a positive experience and fantastic opportunity for young and aspiring actors and backstage crew to get a professional insight into the work of theatre.

“We are urging young people aged nine to 25 years from across the North East to fill out an application form and come along to the audition for a chance to tread the boards of our famous stage.”

Auditions for performers will take place at the Sunderland Empire on May 7 with call backs on May 8.

The project fee of £175 includes two weeks professional tuition, souvenir t-shirt and loan of costume. A £20 discount is available for siblings.

•To be part of the project, complete the application form on this page and submit it with four passport photos no later than April 25.

•Tickets to see Bugsy Malone are available at www.sunderlandempire.org.uk and through the booking office 0844 847 2499.