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JSI Academy launches open casting call offering exciting opportunity for young people across NI

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A Northern Ireland performing arts school has launched an open casting call for its upcoming production of 'The Sound of Music - Youth Edition'.

International Award winning school of performing arts Just Stage It Academy are on the search for young performers aged 7-18 (performers must be 7 at the time of audition and 18 or under at the date of the performance), to take part in the exciting project in the New Year.

The production of The Sound of Music - Youth Edition will be staged in the Downstairs Theatre at the MAC theatre on 19th and 20th of April 2024. Audition Workshops will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January.

A spokesperson for Just Stage It Academy said:

"The show will be choreographed by Ksenia Zsikhotska, professional dancer from RTE’s Dancing with the Stars for three seasons. She has teamed up with Just Stage It Academy to train aspiring young performers for the Production of SIX the Musical Teen Edition.

"Ksenia has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the Performing Arts Industry. She is the United Kingdom and British Closed Latin Professional Champion and holds the Latin Show Dance Title. She also had the pleasure of touring with Brendan Cole's 'A Night To Remember’ production. She assisted in choreographing the Argentine Tango on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing."

The spokesperson added:

"Just Stage It Academy is an International Award winning school of performing Arts. JSI strives to give children from across Northern Ireland great performing opportunities. Pupils at the Academy have performed in London’s West End, Broadway in New York, and Disneyland Paris. The academy has performed at the launch of Europe’s Musical Theatre International event in The Leicester Curve theatre and pupils regularly have the opportunity to take part in workshops with both West End and Broadway professionals.

"We hope you will join us at the auditions for this amazing opportunity."

To register for the Sound of Music Youth Edition project email:


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