Cast and crew wanted for new musical set in wartime Wensleydale

Cast and crew members are wanted for Freya, a new musical telling a mystical story of romance and heartache in wartime Wensleydale.

With performances planned for this summer, the creative team – local artist Piers Brown, together with performers Colin Bailey and Mark Cronfield and producer Alastair McLachlan, are now looking for talented cast and crew members.

On Sunday, February 24, young people aged from 11 upwards are invited to attend a taster session at Leyburn Arts and Community Centre.

The session runs from 2pm to 5pm and will reveal more about the production, including all the opportunities for taking part.

Participants will meet the creative team and other young people they’ll be working with in a fun and informative setting.

“We want to hear from young people who have an interest in all aspects of music and theatre production,” said production coordinator Colin Bailey.

“We need actors, singers, dancers, musicians, costume, makeup artists, sound and lighting technicians and stage crew to make Freya The Musical happen.”

The taster session will be followed by two informal and friendly full-day workshops on February 25 and 26.

Participants will work with industry professionals to explore themes and devise scenes, music and movement for the musical.

These free workshops will form part of the audition process and give everyone the chance to present solo items.

Participants can also access mentoring and support to gain an Arts Award – a nationally recognised qualification, which can give UCAS points for university applicants.

“We’ve chosen the school holidays as our main rehearsal and performance time because we know just how busy creative young people are in the area,“ said Freya’s creator Piers Browne.

“There are lots of talented young people in the region who study or take part in music and drama.

“Freya will enable them to come together with other like-minded individuals and professionals to create high quality and entertaining musical theatre.

“I’m really excited and look forward seeing the finished results this summer.”

Anyone interested in attending the taster session should register in advance.

For more information and registration details, visit or contact Colin Bailey on 07711 211169 or by email at