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Home > Past Buzz > Weymouth Opera Society Opens FAME FOREVER Feb 26th 2008, Weymouth UK
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They're gonna learn how to fly
By Ruth Meech


HOPING FOR FAME: Dancers taking part in the Weymouth Operatic Society's auditions for Fame Forever at the town's Pavilion Picture: Jim Tampin/JT4686

27th October 2007

THE kids from Fame are ready to take to the stage once again.

Weymouth Operatic Society are staging Fame Forever next spring and have just cast their main young dancers through mass auditions at the town's Pavilion theatre.

The show takes the audience 20 years on from the original class of 84 and reveals the fate of the characters in the original musical.

They have grown up and some of their children are now the students at the famed High School of Performing Arts in New York.

In Fame Forever, we revisit the fortune of the parents and offspring alike in a whirlwind of fantastic music and dance - complete with an updated reprise of the world-famous Fame anthem.

Auditions for the cast took place in the Pavilion's Ocean Room and director Julie Storey was delighted that 40 potential young stars turned up to try to win a place.

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Operatic society spokesman Martin Fiddick said: "The auditions went very well and were pretty rigorous for those taking part.

"Julie and her assistant Tanya Lonergan chose some and then also made a list of reserves in case the main dancers are later unable to take part, for whatever reason. As well as dancers, the auditions were also for singers and I think it was quite nerve-racking."

Weymouth Operatic Society is one of only three British amateur groups chosen to present the show before it moves to London's West End.

The request was made by David DeSilva, the man behind the original Fame, who phoned WOS chairman Geoff King from New York to give him the news.

Mr deSilva is believed to have heard about the recent award-winning successes of Weymouth Operatic Society through the website of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, or Noda.

Fame Forever will be at Weymouth Pavilion from Wednesday, February 27 to Saturday, March 1, 2008.

For full details call 01305 783225.

 

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