Auditions on for fresh talent for club

FESTIVE TIMES: The Timaru Glee Club performs at last year's Christmas on the Bay.
FESTIVE TIMES: The Timaru Glee Club performs at last year's Christmas on the Bay.

Been following Timaru Glee Club and want to be a part of it? Well, now is your chance.

The club is holding auditions on February 12 and February 15 from 4pm to 7pm. The venue is yet to be confirmed.

Pre-audition workshops will be held on Tuesday and Friday this week from 4pm to 6pm. People hoping to audition can learn a dance and pick a song for their audition. They will also learn about Glee and get tips for their audition.

The club, which includes students from all the city's high schools, formed last February following auditions. It is led by Timaru Girls' High School student Hannah Austin and Mountainview High School's Bailey Dunnage. The youngest member is 12.

Club director Bailey Dunnage said the club was hoping to get a few more people involved.

The club was stepping up a notch, he said.

"Last year, a few of the cast were uncommitted and the easiest way to go is just to start fresh and everybody re-audition.

"This year's going to be harder. We're looking for more commitment, more talent, but obviously if people show promise we're definitely going to let them in."

They are also planning subs of $15 per term to cover buying song rights and other costs. The club hopes to buy a PA system. Anyone aged between 13 and 18 can audition.

Most people were busy with school production rehearsals and he and Hannah had tried to organise auditions around that.

The club is also on the hunt for a new rehearsal space that was "more suitable" than the practice room at Mountainview High School, although rehearsing there had been a privilege, he said. The ideal premises would have good acoustics and a wall mirror.

Bailey and Hannah said they started the club because there were not many singing and dancing groups. It would give people the opportunity to learn new things and be in a group in which they felt they belonged.

The Timaru Herald