An upcoming production of CHESS will hold auditions in April. The show is a collaboration between the Amy Ferguson Institute, Black Productions and Forstmedia, which previously put on Rock of Ages at the Capitol Theatre seen here. Photo: Courtenay Thompson Photography

Auditions next month for CHESS

The show will run in October at the Capitol Theatre

Bookending a year of ABBA in Nelson, the Amy Ferguson Institute is pleased to present CHESS on the Capitol Theatre stage, in collaboration with Black Productions and Forstmedia.

We are positively seeking actors, singers, and dancers ages 18 and up to come out and audition for Broadway’s supreme cold-war musical. The separate auditions for chorus and leads all take place at Nelson’s United Church (602 Silica St.). Scheduled auditions for the choral roles are on April 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and auditions for the lead roles are on April 26 and 28, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Callbacks are scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. (All times still to be confirmed). Leads and chorus members are requested to bring in a prepared song to showcase their vocal range, and leads will read a scene provided at the auditions.

It’s the most popular fictional portrayal of chess ever created. Set during back-to-back World Championships, CHESS is the story of a love triangle between two grandmasters – one American, one Russian – and the women’s champion who serves as a manager to one of the players but falls in love with the other.

Led by the worldwide hit album, the beauty of Benny and Bjorn’s catchy songs and epic orchestration uplifts this captivating tale of love, politics, and gamesmanship. CHESS is directed by lifelong ABBA lover Lisel Forst (Grease, Chicago, The Marriage of Figaro), with musical direction by Robyn Lamb (Into the Woods, Mamma Mia!) and choreography by Mackenzie Hope (Cabaret, Rock of Ages).

Rehearsals will primarily be Wednesdays and Sundays in September, and the show will be performed at the Capitol Theatre in October.

Please contact chessnelson2019@gmail.com to book an audition time, or for more information.

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