While Hong Kong Singers look for next Oliver, Asian Youth Orchestra want new Yip Wing-sie

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 January, 2010, 12:00am

Can you convincingly say, 'Please sir, I want some more.' If so, the Hong Kong Singers might want to hear from you. The local theatre group is looking for actors for their new production of Oliver! It is a fresh take on the musical by producer - and long-time Andrew Lloyd Webber backer - Cameron Mackintosh and is directed by RTHK radio host Phil Whelan. The team will be casting for everything from principal roles like Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger, to chorus members and young singers and actors as members of Fagin's gang of petty thieves and pickpockets.

Auditions will take place on the afternoons of January 23 and 24 for children's roles, and in the evenings of January 26 and 28 for the adults. Those interested can visit www.hksingers.com/ for further details and registration. If your kid's talent runs less towards singing Broadway tunes than playing classical music, the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has regional try-outs as they look forward to their 20th annual summer festival/rehearsal camp and concert tour.

Every year, auditions are held across Asia attracting over a thousand talented young musicians between the ages of 17 and 28, but only 100 are selected, so the competition is tough. The Hong Kong call to find the new Yip Wing-sie is on February 28. The application forms and audition details are available at www.asianyouthorchestra.com/audit-ann.html or through the AYO on 2866 1623.