Can you help make The Castle Players' dream come true?

A THEATRE group is on the look-out for volunteers to help a dream come true this summer.

The Castle Players are about to begin rehearsals for their annual outdoor summer production.

This year the company will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the grounds of The Bowes Museum from July 9-13.

The Barnard-Castle-based group is looking for new recruits to join existing members and help with all aspects of the production.

Director Simon Pell said: “Every year we get a large number of new recruits joining us, which is fantastic.

“Some people join us just to perform, but there are numerous other crucial jobs to be performed such as set building, marketing, stage management, costume, lighting and sound, prop making, box office, front of house and many others.”

He added: “We will welcome everyone, whatever time or skills they have to offer. The first meeting is a get-together and a chat over a glass of wine and nibbles.

"The following week, we will get down to the business of casting and establishing production roles and teams before rehearsals begin in earnest.”

The play will be staged in the rear garden of The Bowes Museum – a great location, according to Mr Pell.

“The woodland setting is perfect for the forest outside Athens where the majority of the action of the play takes place,” he said.

“We are going for a timeless dream setting that highlights the magical aspects of Oberon and Titania's fairy world and how it affects the assorted band of mortals who enter it.”

Local musician and composer Andy Yeadon has been commissioned to provide an original soundscape and sound effects for the play.

Anyone interested in helping with this year's production should go along to St Mary's Parish Hall, Newgate, Barnard Castle (the entrance is at the back of the Parish Hall, opposite the church) on Monday, February 4, 7.30-9pm.

For more information see www.castleplayers.org.uk or contact Simon Pell on 01833-630806.

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