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CALLING all budding actors, singers and dancers – one of Eastwood’s best-known youth theatres is on the lookout for new members.

Harlequin Theatre for Youth is holding auditions for boys from fourth year up to the age of 21 in anticipation of the first show of 2013.

The auditions will be held in November, and new members will have as much of a chance to land those lead roles as seasoned participants.

Secretary Myra Ralston told The Extra: “Harlequin is well known in the community and beyond for the opportunities it affords young people to participate in all aspects of musical theatre, both on stage and off.

“Our members are aged nine to 21 and the majority of them live in the community. On this occasion, we’re looking for senior boys to join us for the March production of West Side Story”.

It’s a show bound to suit would-be stars of the stage, with plenty of young male roles

for new actors cutting their teeth.

And for those too young to make the grade this year, there’s still hope of a place within Harlequin, as the group will be holding January auditions for junior boys, aged nine up to S3.

The club, which has been running for over 30 years, stages three shows each year, with a Christmas panto planned for the end of 2012 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat scheduled for later in 2013.

Myra continued: “The club is run entirely by volunteers – a mixture of willing parents and past performing members, many of whom now have children in the club”.

It all began in 1976, when the Junior Youth Fellowship of Giffnock church put on a pantomime, Cinderella, in time for Christmas.

By February 1977, Eastwood district council had donated £100 to plant the youth theatre on its feet – and the club has been going strong ever since.

Boys aged S4 and up can find out more about applying for an audition by visiting www.harlequinyouth.co.uk, or emailing enquiries@harlequinyouth.co.uk.