Native New Yorker? Tha jokin’ – ahm from Barnsley!

HOW’S your American twang?

A theatre producer is looking for locals who can take a bite of the big apple... and fake a convincing American accent!

A theatre producer is looking for locals who can take a bite of the big apple... and fake a convincing American accent!

Lee Semley, founder of LS Theatre Productions, is to stage a production of the controversial musical RENT, and needs actors and singers to portray native New Yorkers.

He said: “I know Barnsley is quite far removed from the Big Apple but we want it to be as authentic as possible. If we’ve got some people who are almost there, we are going to help them out with some YouTube elocution lessons from actual New Yorkers – so Barnsley folk can learn the accent online.”

The Broadway musical makes moving social comment on the situation of the poor and poorly, who are living in large cities like New York.

First performed in 1994, it is as relevant today as it was then.

The show homes in on the lives of eight friends, and highlights issues such as drug addiction and the fight against AIDS.

Memorable and provocative songs bring to life the tumultuous culture of the inner city of New York.

Lee Semley said: “LS Theatre Productions always tries to push the boundaries of theatre....

“Our aim is to continue to bring thought provoking and original pieces of theatre to South Yorkshire audiences.

“RENT has one of the most beautiful scores I have ever heard, and audiences are guaranteed an emotional yet uplifting journey they’ll never forget”.

Some of the songs from RENT have recently featured on E4 show, Glee.

Show week is from Tuesday, October 25 to Saturday, October 29 and auditions will be held on July 3 at the Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Barnsley.

All auditionees must arrive at noon, and must prepare one song from the show, or any other pop/rock song with either a backing track on cd or sheet music.

Those auditioning will be asked to sight-read a short piece of dialogue, to be delivered in a New York or unspecific American accent.

For further information email: leesemley@hotmail.com