Local young performers are invited to audition for not one but two spectacular productions.

Posted: 30 October 2018

If you would do anything to be transported to the Dickensian streets of London or take to the energetic streets of New York in the 1990s, then we are looking for you.

Following the huge success of our production of West Side Story, we are once again on the lookout for talented young local performers to star in two contrasting musicals - the ever-popular hit musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart and the dynamic rock musical Rent.

Oliver! is one of the best known British musicals and since its premiere in 1960, it has established itself as a masterpiece of entertainment for all to enjoy. Oliver! has enjoyed successful long runs all over the world including on Broadway, the West End and of course the award winning film. Lionel Bart also received the 1963 Tony Award for the Best Original Score for Oliver!  

In contrast to the poverty-stricken streets of Victorian London, Rent is a vibrant and contemporary version of the opera La Bohème with thrilling music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the hit song Seasons of Love. Set in New York’s vibrant East Village, the emotional stakes are high as a group of struggling young artists fight to survive the approaching millennium. 

Both these musicals will offer a platform for the young talent of the High Peak supported by the expertise of the creative team at the Opera House. The Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House, Paul Kerryson, will take to the helm once more to bring out the very best from our local performers. Talking about the productions Paul said:

“I am thrilled to follow the recent success of West Side Story with another opportunity to showcase the talent of our young performers in these two brilliant musicals. If you think you’ve got what it takes, come along to the auditions. Good luck! ”

We hope you will support Buxton Opera House and its young performers by coming to see one or both of these terrific musicals. If you or your business would like to support this vital work with young people at the Opera House, you can sponsor either musical or make a donation by contacting: [email protected]

Auditions for the workhouse boys (age 8-14 years), Oliver and Dodger are at the Pavilion Arts Centre on 5 January 2019 (10am). You will need to complete the registration form by 31 December 2018. You will be given music from the musical at the audition. Please download the registration form and find out more information at

Auditions for other roles will take place on Sunday 27 January at Buxton Opera House (2pm) dates later this year. Please check on our website for updates.

Oliver! will be performed at Buxton Opera House 24-26 May and 5-9 June. Rent will be performed at Buxton Opera House on the 30 May, 4 -9 June Visit our website further details of these exciting productions.


For more information about events, competition and press tickets, contact Helen Naylor,
email: [email protected] or Tel: 01298 72050