Tamworth Assembly Rooms to host D-Day Darlings auditions

Photo of D-Day Darling Katie Ashby at Tamworth Assembly Rooms

After being closed for more than a year, the team at Tamworth Assembly Rooms are delighted to be able to light up the stage next month for a unique casting call for the UK’s premier wartime group, The D-Day Darlings and D-Day Juniors.

Auditions will be held at the historic Corporation Street theatre on May 9 (VE Day weekend) seeking new members of both The D-Day Darlings and The D-Day Juniors in an amazing opportunity for talented local singers of all ages to join a nationally-renowned group.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms is the official home of Britain’s Got Talent finalists the D-Day Darlings and BGT stars the D-Day Juniors, since forming a creative partnership with Riverside Studios at the end of last year.

The company is also bringing its vocal, music and performing arts program, RockSchool, to the Tamworth theatre this month, which will see local students being taught by well-known industry professionals.

Now both The D-Day Darlings and The D-Day Juniors are looking for new members to join the team for exciting opportunities and performances for 2021 and beyond.

This will include a special show at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on June 27 (coronavirus regulations permitting), where The Darlings and The Juniors are set to take to the stage to celebrate both the new collaboration and the reopening of the theatre.

They will be joined on stage by the 2019 Britain’s Got Talent winner, Colin Thackery, for an evening of song, including classics from The D-Day Darlings album, favourites from the World War eras and original songs from The D-Day Juniors, all ending with a patriotic final. Tickets for the show will be on sale very soon. Please keep an eye on the Tamworth Assembly Rooms website.

The D-Day Darlings are looking for strong female singers, based in the Midlands, with good stage presence who can capture the spirit of the 1940s era.

The D-Day Juniors are looking for any children aged between 8 and 16 who are strong singers with dance/movement ability.

Applications are encouraged from a diverse range of performers who share a passion for keeping the message of remembrance alive.

More information about the casting call is available from The D-Day Darlings Facebook page. Auditions are by invite only and will be carried out in accordance with current coronavirus safety measures and regulations. Applications need to include a photograph, short video and details of any relevant experience to be sent to casting@reivivalliveuk.com by April 30th.

Katie Ashby, director of RockSchool at Riverside Studios and lead singer of The D-Day Darlings, said: “I’m thrilled to be casting for both The D-Day Darlings and The D-Day Juniors and I’m particularly excited that this wonderful opportunity will hopefully be filled by someone in our local community.

“Both acts have experienced a huge amount of success since appearing on Britain’s Got Talent and there is so much more opportunity ahead as we embark out of lockdown. I’m more dedicated than ever to continuing our message of remembrance into the young generation, and I can’t wait to welcome lots of talented hopefuls to the Assembly Rooms on the VE Day weekend.”

Adey Ramsel, theatre, artistic and events manager at Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to team up with Riverside Studios and the nationally-renowned D-Day Darlings and that this premier wartime act have chosen the Assembly Rooms as their home location.

“This collaboration is all about nurturing young local talent and means we will be able to give budding young performers the chance to rehearse in a beautiful, historic, yet recently refurbished, theatre.

“It’s been a really tough year in the industry and we’re all hopeful that there is now light at the end of the tunnel. We’re cautiously booking shows and getting ready to open the doors again and it’s great that, all being well, we will be able to host the auditions in May.

“This marks the beginning of our tentative steps back to business, with The D-Day Darlings set to relaunch our entertainment programme with their concert on June 27.

“We’re gradually adding to the programme now, so please do keep an eye on the website for updates and new shows in the coming weeks, and even more importantly, please get booking. We can’t wait to have the theatre filled with the sounds of music, singing and laughter again.”

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