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10.01.2019 Years 5 & 6 Alderman White Production


Dear Parent/Carer,


Re. ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’– the Alderman White 2019 Spring Primary Production


Following a string of highly successful drama productions involving Year 5 & Year 6 pupils from local primary-schools, we are starting to audition for a brand new production, ‘Around the World in 80 Minutes’, to be performed on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March.


Over the years the Alderman White School has enjoyed an enviable reputation for its stage productions.  ‘Around  the World in 80 Minutes’ will  once again enable us to extend our work by offering Year 5 and Year 6 pupils the opportunity of joining Alderman White students in a highly entertaining musical play, written and directed by  Geoff Liptrot and inspired by Jules Verne’s epic tale, featuring Edwardian travellers trying to circumnavigate the world in 80 days, (or in our version 80 minutes!), encountering a whole series of mad-cap adventures on the way. Obstacles include avalanches, earthquakes, fires, floods, bandits and the odd cannibal – what could possibly go wrong? Cameron Wedgeworth will be the musical director, ensuring that a live band will be providing all the right notes as our intrepid heroes negotiate their way across the globe.


Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.00 – 7.30 pm, starting on Monday 21st January. The rehearsal-period is just 8 weeks so there may also be additional or extended rehearsals in the final run-up to the performance-week as well as rehearsals the weekend before the performances, namely on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March.


Auditions for Y5 & 6 pupils will take place on Wednesday 16th January from 5.00 – 6.30 pm in the Alderman White School Hall.  No preparation is required for these and parents/carers are very welcome to stay. The auditions themselves will be very pupil-friendly and are always conducted in a very supportive atmosphere.


If you would like your son/daughter to audition for a part in the production, we would be grateful if you could complete the form overleaf and return it to your child’s primary school or to us directly using the email-address below by Wednesday 16th January.


We look forward to welcoming Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to the auditions. Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at Alderman White.


Yours sincerely,



Karsten Stephan (Senior Leadership Team, Alderman White)

Geoff Liptrot (Theatrical Director, The Alderman White Theatre Company)

Cameron Wedgeworth (Musical Director, The Alderman White Theatre Company)

Tel: 0115 9175944