The search is on for Alice and a suitable Sandy, too, as Tring Festival Company gears up for the year ahead


The Tring Festival Company team are casting the net for new talent ahead of a pair of 2014 productions at Pendley’s Court Theatre.

First up is a new adult musical version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland scheduled for next June.

Mike Code has adapted the story with a score written by Lindsay Smith to bring Carroll’s work to the Tring stage.

Auditions are planned for Wilstone Village Hall on Sunday, December 8 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, and organisers are keen to involve as many local actors as possible.

Mike has decided on adults playing the leading roles, rather than children, because that was the author’s initial intention, and although Alice is clearly a young girl he says he’ll be happy to cast someone aged between 11 and 20.

The initial audition will focus on acting ability rather than singing or dancing experience – anyone who overcomes that hurdle will be asked to learn a song and return the following week to show what they can do.

A spokesman said: “If you are a more confident actor than singer don’t worry, most of the songs are character based and Mike is much more interested in good acting.”

To find out more email for an audition pack.

Auditions are also just around the corner for next year’s youth musical production, Grease.

An audition workshop for performers aged 14 to 25 has been arranged for Sunday, December 1 at the Old Church House in Western Road, Tring.

First up are the boys from 4pm to 6pm, with the girls in the spotlight from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Anyone who fits the age range is welcome to audition, and as well as all the principal roles a strong chorus of singers and dancers is needed.

Tring’s take on the iconic rock and roll musical will go on stage next September.

Director Amy Dunstall says; “I’m looking for an energetic cast who can share my passion and energy for the show.

“I’m really excited about the production.”

For an audition pack, email