Senior Cast Production (12 to 25 yrs)

Zanna, Don’t!

For July 2021 – a light-hearted, high energy, hilarious and yet deeply moving story of diversity and equality and the power of love, respect and understanding.

Brought to you by the original creative team of the 2015, 5-Star Edinburgh Fringe sell-out production and winner of Best Musical, starring Thomas Doherty!

A musical fairy tale of a parallel universe where the High School Chess Team are the cool kids on the block, love triumphs over hate, the Prom Queen and Queen rule the roost and the straight kids dare not hold hands in the high school corridor.

Welcome to Heartsville High School! Enter Zanna, a magical, musical fairy who, with a wave of his wand, brings true love to one and all in a world where being in the school musical makes you the ‘big man’ on campus and being gay is the norm… for now at least!

You will never forget your visit to Heartsville High!

Songs include:

  • I Could Write Books
  • Do You Know What It’s Like?
  • Fast!
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Sometime, Do You Think We Could Fall in Love?
  • Straight to Heaven

This Senior Cast show deals with issues of equality, diversity and sexuality in a light-hearted and whimsical way but with a powerful message of acceptance and tolerance. Participants age range is between 12 and 25.

Zanna, Don’t! will rehearse from 10th July to 22nd July, with three performances at the King’s Theatre on 22nd, 23rd and 24th July at 8pm.

What does BBE involve?

Regardless of which summer production you want to take part in, you will need to be available to rehearse in Edinburgh during your summer holidays for the full, supercharged two-week process starting on Saturday 10th July, culminating in fully-produced shows at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.

You will need to complete the application process, including paying a £10* audition administration fee, and – if you accept an offer to participate – pay your participation fee**.

If you are age 12, 13 or 14, you can audition for both productions if you so wish. Though you cannot be in both shows, you may well be able to choose between them if you are accepted into both casts. You will either be amongst the most experienced in the Junior Cast or the least experienced in the Senior Cast! You must pay an audition fee for each audition you want to attend.

  • The participation fee** for The Beyond Broadway Experience in 2021 is £295
    A discount of 25% on participation fees is available to siblings

* Audition administration fees are non-refundable, under any circumstances.
** Participation fees are non-refundable, under any circumstances.

Apply for an audition now!

All our cast members are selected during a fun and friendly audition process. Applications to audition are made by completing a simple online form.

  • Step 1 – complete the online application form, choosing the appropriate show or selecting to audition for both
  • Step 2 – pay your audition administration fee of £10* as directed upon completion of the online form

There is a £10 audition administration fee* payable on application to confirm your spot at the audition which covers administration costs of the audition process. This fee is non-refundable, under any circumstances, and is in addition to the participation fee.

The initial £10 audition administration 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 or call 0330 024 2941.


King’s Theatre – July 2021

Book, Music, and Lyrics by TIM ACITO

Additional Book and Lyrics by ALEXANDER DINELARIS

Originally produced Off-Broadway by Jack M. Dalgleish in association with Stephanie A. Joel
New York Premiere presented by Amas Musical Theatre: Rosetta LeNoire, Founder; Donna Trinkoff, Producing Director

Orchestrations and Arrangements by Edward G. Robinson

“ZANNA, DON’T!” is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 122-124 Regent Street, 5th floor, London W1B 5SA.

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

We don’t want this project to be accessible only by 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 school holidays we have managed to keep the price for two full weeks of rehearsals and performances to the very minimum. Having the use of beautiful professional venues 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 previous years 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 cost for one full two-week programme is £295 in 2021*
plus non-refundable administration fee of £10 per audition.** Audition and participation fees are non-refundable, under any circumstances.

* Due by Friday 25th September 2020 (Broadway Bound concert) or Friday 3nd December 2020 (Camp Rock / Zanna, Don’t) after offer to participate. This is non-refundable under any circumstances and payment accepts 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. 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. Please also note that following on from the 2020 crisis, we reserve the right adapt our rehearsal process and performance medium to conform to any future government restrictions without obligation to offer any refunds whatsoever of fees paid.

** Due on application. Why are we charging an audition administration 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 audition fee is non-refundable under any circumstances.