**PLEASE NOTE: Applications for participation in BBE 2018 are now closed**

Looking for something exceptional to do with your summer? Want to experience what it feels like to be a professional musical theatre actor, singer, dancer or performer? Following the huge success of BRING IT ON in 2016 and FAME – THE MUSICAL in 2017 The Beyond Broadway Experience will be back at the fabulous King’s Theatre in Edinburgh in 2018. And this time it will be bigger and better than ever – with an all-time classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ!

BBE2018 runs from 7th July to 19th July 2018, with three performances at the King’s Theatre on 20th and 21st July.

The Beyond Broadway Experience gives you the unique opportunity to work with the team at Beyond Broadway Productions and professional directors, choreographers, musical directors, theatre designers and performers to put on a huge show in the beautiful King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. Working intensively in rehearsals for the two weeks running up to opening night, cast are put through their paces by our professional creative and production teams. You get to work with some of the best in the industry – and have a lot of fun along the way!

The Beyond Broadway Experience two-week rehearsal period is so much more than simply putting on a show or going to a summer club. Alongside an intensive rehearsal schedule, there are social activities organised by fabulous chaperones for the evenings and weekends, question-and-answer sessions with international performers, a photoshoot by a professional photographer to get that perfect shot for the programme, meetings with costume, hair and makeup designers, not to mention press interviews and promotional events… If you want to know what it feels like to be in a pro show, you really can’t afford to miss this opportunity.

New for 2018 – Munchkins stream!

Because this year is going to be BIGGER than ever, we’re going to include something smaller! This year we are looking for an ensemble of Munchkins aged between 8 and 12 years old to take on a very important role in the BBE 2018 production. The Munchkins stream consists of one whole week of summer school classes in musical theatre, concluding with a guest appearance in THE WIZARD OF OZ. The Munchkins stream runs from 16th – 19th July 2018 with performances on 20th and 21st July.

Participation costs and how to apply

**PLEASE NOTE: Applications for participation in BBE 2018 are now closed**

  • Participation fee for The Beyond Broadway Experience in 2018 is £260.
  • Participation fee for the Munchkins stream of The Beyond Broadway Experience is £200.
  • There is a £10 registration fee to pay for everyone on application which covers administration costs of the audition process.* This fee is non-refundable, under any circumstances, and is in addition to the participation fee.

A discount of 25% is available to siblings.

During the BBE fortnight participants meet visiting professionals, do photoshoots and press events, and gain expert tuition from world-class tutors. As a special souvenir, you’ll also get a FREE CAST T-SHIRT to wear during rehearsals and take home after the show.

So for only £270 in total successful applicants to The Beyond Broadway Experience get two full, fun weeks of inspiration and hard work during the long summer holiday break – and then, to top it all off, you’ll do three performances of a spectacular show! And for £210 in total, successful applicants to the Munchkins stream will get a fun-packed week of musical theatre classes and a featured appearance in the show.

The audition day for The Beyond Broadway Experience 2018 will be Sunday 5th November 2017 in central Edinburgh (venue details will be given after you apply).

Payments for fees can be made online through the Beyond Broadway shop. The initial £10 registration fee is paid at the end of the online application process so have a credit or debit card to hand to complete the online transaction.

If you have problems completing the application or any questions, contact us at experience@beyond-broadway.com or call 0330 024 2941.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion picture score
By Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance & Vocal Arrangement by Peter Howard
Adapted by John Kane from the motion picture screenplay

By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York

Applicants for BBE2018 should be:

  • aged between 13 and 25 on 1st July 2018
  • available in Edinburgh on the audition date on Sunday 5th November 2017
  • available on the recall date in February 2018 (to be announced) if wanting to be considered for a leading role
  • available in Edinburgh for the duration of the rehearsals (seven days each week between the hours of 9am and 10pm, 7th July to 19th July) and available for all performances period (20th to 21st July inclusive).

OR for the Munchkins stream:

  • aged between 8 and 12 on 1st July 2018
  • available in Edinburgh on the audition date on Sunday 5th November 2017
  • available in Edinburgh for the summer school week and Munchkins rehearsals (16th July to 19th July) and available for the performance period (20th to 21st July inclusive).

If you have any questions, contact us at experience@beyond-broadway.com

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How do the fees work and where does the money go?

We don’t want this project to be only for the fortunate few youngsters who have a financial advantage and so have kept the cost to an absolute minimum. Looking at other projects that are on offer during the summer holidays we have managed to keep the price for two full weeks of rehearsals and three showcase performances at the King’s Theatre to the very minimum. Having the use of the beautiful King’s Theatre is expensive and we also need to cover the rights to the shows we produce. We must then employ a professional creative team including directors, choreographers, musical directors, musicians, lighting and sound designers, set builders and artists, costume coordinators and graphic designers. We also have professional vocal coaches, accent tutors and acting teachers on hand to help our cast be the best that they can possibly be. And not forgetting pastoral care for our young cast, through dedicated chaperones and supervisors. We also have to hire rehearsal rooms… the list goes on and on! To ensure that those taking part in our project have an experience unlike anything else on offer we also fly in fabulous guests to support us! In 2016 and 2017 we’ve had West End and Broadway stars working with the cast, London Casting Agents help at auditions and TV personalities pop in to support us.

The total cost for full two-week (13-25s) stream is £270:
Non-refundable registration fee* – £10
Confirmation fee** – £150
Participation fee balance*** – £110

The total cost for one-week Munchkins (8-12s) stream is £210:
Non-refundable registration fee * – £10
Munchkins stream fee** – £200

* Due on application. Why are we charging a registration fee? The administration and staffing costs of our auditions are large and are dependent on how many people we think are turning up to the audition. If we don’t have everyone show up who said they would then we have lots of extra staff and studios not being used throughout the day, which wastes money we could have allocated to more fun things like costumes, props and set. The registration fee is non-refundable under any circumstances and is in addition to the costs to participate – it is not deducted from confirmation and participation fee amounts.

** Due within 14 days of an offer to participate. This is non-refundable under any circumstances and needs to be paid in order to accept your place in the cast of the show. Initial offers to take part in the project will be sent after the first round auditions at which point you need to confirm your participation. Early in 2018 we will then invite selected people from those who have confirmed their participation to audition for specific roles if we think they are suitable. As this project is about teamwork and the ensemble nature of musical theatre, we are not interested in working with young people who only want to participate if they are cast as principal roles. The value of participation does not lie in what role you take within the process. We do not therefore invite applicants to recall auditions until they have committed to the project.

*** Due 1st April 2018.