Join our Community Choir!

As we prepare for our upcoming staging of The Events by David Greig, you can get involved in this excting collaboration with a professional cast and play a central role in the production.

About

The Events is a play about Claire, a priest, and her choir coming to terms with a violent incident in their community. This production will be a thrilling and theatrical new staging of a modern classic, exploring themes of resilience, empathy and the power of community in times of tragedy.

The Community Choir plays a central role in the story of the play and the staging. The choir will not only perform songs in the show but also work closely with the professional actors to bring the play to life. Whilst the play explores some darker themes, it is ultimately a hopeful piece and the rehearsal process will be rooted in joy and collaboration.

The choir process will be led by Clare Haworth, a professional choir leader with years of experience. Other key members of the team who will work closely with the choir are Director Jack Nurse, Composer Gary Cameron and Creative Producer Fraser Morrison.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will take place weekly on a Wednesday evenings between 6-8pm in Cumbernauld Theatre at Lanternhouse starting in mid-June. Additional rehearsals will be added closer to the performance on Saturday 7, 14 and 21 September from 11am – 4pm. The Choir will be required for evening calls the week beginning 23 September for technical and dress rehearsals ahead of the opening performance, with timings to be confirmed closer to the dates.

Performance Dates
Saturday 28 September (19:30)
Tuesday 1 October (19:30)
Wednesday 2 October (19:30)
Thursday 3 October (19:30)
Friday 4 October (19:30)
Saturday 5 October (14:30 & 19:30)

We understand that there will be occasions over the 3 month rehearsal period that you may be unable to attend, and we will be as accommodating as possible with other commitments.

Audition Process

Who Can Join?
We are looking for community members aged 16+ to take part in this unique experience. Prior experience of choral singing is not required, we are looking for people who are keen to be part of a theatrical production and working alongside a professional cast to perform a range of different genres of music. There is no requirement to be able to read sheet music.

How to Apply
We will be hosting two taster sessions on Monday 20 May and Wednesday 22 May 2024 from 6-8pm at Cumbernauld Theatre. If you are interested in being involved in this production, you must attend one of these two sessions. We have places for 20 people in each session. We are looking for an overall choir of around 25 people.

Workshop Format
The workshop will involve informal group singing, some fun drama exercises and more information about the show and process.

Selection Criteria
We’re looking for a group of people that together reflect the rich diversity of North Lanarkshire. It is our hope that the choir will be made up of people from all walks of life. As such we are looking for people who are open, collaborative, sensitive, willing to try new things and – most of all – have fun along the way. We are also looking for people who have strong availability over the rehearsal period.

Sign-Up Details
You can register your interest in taking part in our Taster Workshop here.

Member Benefits

Skills Development
Working alongside a professional cast, enhance vocal techniques, performance skills, and musical knowledge under professional guidance.

Community Engagement
Join a community of like-minded individuals, build lasting relationships, and contribute significantly to a professional theatrical production.

Emotional & Psychological
Enjoy the mental health benefits of singing, experience personal fulfilment, and the joy of public performance.

Contact Information

Choir Co-ordinator
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Fraser Morrison, Creative Producer by email on choir@cumbernauldtheatre.co.uk

All rehearsals and performances will take place at Lanternhouse, South Kildrum Ring Road, Cumbernauld, G67 2UF.

Sign up for a taster workshop

The next Community Choir taster workshop will be held on Wednesday 12 June.
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Please note that the minimum age to take part is 16 on the first rehearsal date of Wednesday 12 June 2024.

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