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PUBLISHED: 16:49 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:47 25 August 2010

AN APPRENTICE style scheme for young performers has been launched at a popular theatre. Greenwich Theatre is offering two teenagers the opportunity to become a Junior Artist in Residence for one year

AN APPRENTICE style scheme for young performers has been launched at a popular theatre.

Greenwich Theatre is offering two teenagers the opportunity to become a Junior Artist in Residence for one year.

Open to youngsters aged 14 to 19, who live or study in Bexley or Greenwich, the scheme will enable them to perform alongside professionals and take part in a range of training workshops.

Junior Artists in Residents will also join the professional company for the theatre's Cultural Olympiad 2009 production at Charlton House in July.

Open auditions for the placements, sponsored by developer Tilfen Land, take place on Friday, June 5 at the theatre in Crooms Hill.

The selected individuals will be contracted by the theatre for 12 months, with events scheduled to fit around their employment or education commitments.

All of the opportunities will be offered free and performances will be contracted and paid in line with the theatre's Equity Apprenticeship Programme.

James Haddrell, Director of Greenwich Theatre, said: "It is always a privilege to work with the talented young people from the local area, whether we are helping them develop skills for the theatre industry, or using theatre to unlock their potential in other areas.

"However, one of the challenges is always to maintain a year round relationship with our participants, as each programme tends to be of a finite length. Thanks to Tilfen Land we will now be able to work with two young people on a rolling basis for a full year, making a real difference to their prospects and offering genuine support in their search for training or employment in this industry."

Tilfen Land chairman Will McKee said: "Our young people don't always get the credit they deserve, but the talent, commitment and dedication demonstrated by many of them across artistic, academic and sporting pursuits is something we must support, nurture and celebrate."

Auditions will be held at Greenwich Theatre, for more information, or to book your audition place, contact Susan Winter, Greenwich Theatre Projects Co-ordinator on 020 8858 4447.

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