Auditions will give aspiring actors fairytale role in Christmas show

Young aspiring actors – as well as professionals – are to get the chance to land a fairytale role in a Christmas show at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio this winter.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) and Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) are to stage a month-long production of Jack and the Magic Beans for young theatre-goers and are auditioning on Friday (September 16) for the cast.

The show continues SYT’s work in developing new and exciting interactive performances for audiences aged three-to-seven and all the family, and previous productions include last year’s highly-successful show of The Puddock and the Princess, also at The Lemon Tree.

The new show requires a small cast and needs performers who are disciplined, skilled and interested in performing to a family audience - the most demanding yet rewarding of audiences.

The auditions for young actors aged 16-25 - as well as a professional -available from November 14 until Christmas Eve, will be held at His Majesty’s Theatre on Friday and will take the form of a practical workshop, where they will be asked to prepare a nursery rhyme or song to teach the rest of the group.

The successful performers will be given a weekly training allowance and the opportunity to work with a professional director, designer and performer and be part of full-scale production.

The auditions will be held from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm for professional actors and from 4 pm onwards for 16 to 25 year olds.

For the individual interviews, the director will meet with each candidate to discuss the project and they will be asked to prepare a two-to-three minute monologue retelling their favourite story as a child.

The professional auditions will last approximately twenty minutes each, and candidates are asked to prepare a child-friendly song, and act out a two-to-three minute story aimed at the target audience.

To book an audition place, candidates must email associate director Fraser MacLeod at

Tickets for Jack and the Magic Beans, at The Lemon Tree Studio from Monday, December 5 until Christmas Eve at various daytime performance times, are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.