Historic Sunderland Minster will form the backdrop for the hit musical Whistle Down the Wind.
And organisers have been on the hunt for local talent to take part.
Workshops took place at St George’s Church, in the city’s Belvedere Road, to give potential stage stars a taster of the show.
The Music in the Minster production is set to be a big hit later in the year and having local performers on stage is sure to go down well with the audience.
Creative director and professional mezzo-soprano Alison Barton explains: “Nothing compares to the thrill of using your own voice to tell a story live on stage.
“The voice is our natural instrument of expression and it’s an amazing feeling to connect to the raw power and emotion in a piece and get that across to an audience.
“At Music in the Minster we’ve brought together a team of experienced experts to develop and guide our cast as they train and perform alongside professionals in a full production.
“Participation in our show is a heart and soul experience - inspiration guaranteed.”
Music in the Minster is a registered charity that brings experts from the world of opera and music to share their skills with Wearside.
Working with a cast of local school children, community members, professional performers, a live orchestra and a professional artistic and direction team, Music in the Minster will stage two performances of Whistle Down the Wind in Sunderland Minster on November 16 and 17.
Whistle Down the Wind is a 1961 British film which was adapted from the novel by Mary Hayley Bell.
Starring Hayley Mills, it won four Bafta nominations.
The plot follows the lives of three Lancashire farm children who discover a fugitive hiding in their barn.
The bearded man, referred to as “Blakey” by the police, is mistaken for Jesus by the children, who are influenced by stories they have recently heard at Sunday school.
The fugitive makes no attempt to correct their mistake, especially when he discovers the eldest child, Kathy, is determined to protect him from discovery by the local police.
In the late 1990s, Whistle Down The Wind was adapted into a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman.
Songs in the show included No Matter What, Whistle Down The Wind and Vaults of Heaven.
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