Search for 'unseen' stars of theatre stage
DOZENS of theatre enthusiasts are competing for just 15 jobs working behind the scenes at two city centre venues.
The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall held a recruitment drive which saw more than 50 people come through the door in the first half hour.
The event gave aspiring theatre workers the chance to learn about the Hanley venues and the number of vacancies up for grabs.
Up to 15 positions are available to people aged between 16 and 70, on a casual basis.
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Successful applicants will be required to work behind the bar selling food and refreshments and meeting and greeting customers.
Andrew Nicklin, deputy general manager at The Regent, said: "The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall are two great venues in the heart of the city centre.
"The Regent has housed productions such as Dirty Dancing, The Rocky Horror Show and Swan Lake, while The Victoria Hall has seen a host of comedians take to the stage.
"They are two great venues to work at, especially for people looking to get into the theatre and performance industry.
"I have worked at The Regent for more than 10 years and I started out in a front of house role, selling ice creams and checking tickets and I am still here now, so there is the opportunity for progression and even a permanent position.
"A lot of people who started out working for us have gone on to shows in the West End, so it is a great way for people to develop their skills."
Teenager Oliver Walton, from Trent Vale, was among the applicants at yesterday's drive.
The 17-year-old St Joseph's College student said: "I want to become a musician and I thought that working at the theatre would be a great way to gain some experience and build up some contacts." Nick smith, also 17, of Blythe Bridge, who studies Media at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, said: "I applied for a position because I thought it would help me with my studies and give me the experience I will need when I apply for future jobs.
"There aren't a lot of jobs out there for young people so I am taking every chance I get."
Seventeen-year-old student Leanne Worrall, of Bignall End, said: "I visit Audley Theatre a lot so I was excited at the prospect of working in a similar place."
Newcastle College student Kelsey McBrayne, aged 17, of Sneyd Green, added: "I am into art so I thought it would be nice to work in such a creative environment."
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