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Dunmow Players issue call for auditions for 2022 spring show Big the Musical

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Great Dunmow’s musical theatre company is looking for new members for its 2022 spring show.

The Dunmow Players are preparing to get back to rehearsals for their long-awaited production of West End hit Big the Musical.

The show will be staged at Foakes Hall, Dunmow, over five nights from Tuesday to Saturday, April 5-9 and the amateur society is looking for adults and children aged eight and over to join them in this fun-filled show for all the family.

Dunmow Players are staging Big the Musical over five nights in early April 2022 (51169964)
Dunmow Players are staging Big the Musical over five nights in early April 2022 (51169964)

Although previous experience is preferable, the company welcomes newcomers who enjoy singing and are willing to have a go at acting.

There will be an introductory evening on Monday September 20 at 7.30pm followed on Monday September 27 by auditions for adults (7.30pm) and workshops for juniors (6.30pm). Both these events will be held at the Rowena Davey Centre in Dunmow.

Help is also needed on the committee, so if you would like to be involved but don’t have a desire to be on stage, please get in touch or come along to one of the meetings.

Big the Musical is a 1996 musical adaptation of the fantasy comedy film starring Tom Hanks. The book is by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.

It is the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who grows up overnight after being granted a wish by a machine at a carnival.

With the aid of his best friend, Billy, he must cope with his new adulthood while finding the machine so that he can wish himself back to normal.

The 1988 film was directed by Penny Marshall, co-written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg and also starred Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard and Robert Loggia.

It drew wide critical acclaim, particularly for the performance by Hanks, who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. It proved to be pivotal to his career, establishing him as a major box-office draw as well as a critical favourite.

Big was a huge commercial success as well, grossing $151m worldwide against a production budget of $18m.

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