Sparkle & Shine: Midlands stars sought for Nativity! The Musical

Posted on 6 April 2018

Following its successful opening at Birmingham REP in 2017, Nativity! The Musical heads home to the city where the story started this autumn, kicking off a brand new tour for 2018 at the Belgrade Theatre.

Ahead of its arrival in Coventry 23-28 October, the company is now on the look-out for local children to audition for the show. Bright young stars from the Midlands are being offered the chance to sparkle and shine in lead roles as the children of St. Bernadette’s.


Auditions will be held the week commencing 28 May (half-term week), with rehearsals taking place in Coventry from Monday 17 September until Monday 22 October. Performances will then begin in Coventry on the 23 October, followed by a UK tour ending in London on 31 December. So if you think you know a star-in-the-making who has got what it takes, be sure to keep your diary free for those dates!

All kids auditioning must be confident singers, dancers and performers due to the demands of the role, and they must also be:

  • Living in the Midlands area
  • Aged between 9-11 by 1 September 2018
  • Approximately no taller than 135cm
  • Able to play a character of around 6-10 years old
  • Naturally confident, outgoing and keen performers
  • Available for all of the rehearsal and performance dates across the whole tour (full tour dates listed below)


To apply for the part, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Upload a 1 minute YouTube clip (please make your YouTube links private) of your child showcasing his/her talents. That can be singing, dancing, rapping or breakdancing – whatever you think best shows their performing talent and personality.
  • Don’t forget to get your child to introduce themselves, and tell us their name, age and where they are from at the start of video.
  • When you’ve uploaded the clip, complete our online application form and include a link to the video here:

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 April. Successful applicants will be contacted directly with details of where and when auditions are taking place.

For more information about casting for the show, visit


Based on the hugely popular festive film series, Nativity! The Musical is the smash-hit stage adaptation of the original Nativity! movie, famously filmed on location here in Coventry. The show is written and directed by the multi-talented Debbie Isitt, creator of the film series.

Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his crazy teaching assistant Mr Poppy, some hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true.

Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, Nativity! The Musical features all of the favourite sing-a-long hits from the films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star – plus a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas!

Nativity! The Musical runs at the Belgrade Theatre from Tuesday 23 until Saturday 28 October, before embarking on a UK tour. Tickets are available to book now.


Coventry Belgrade Theatre – Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th October 2018

Liverpool Empire Theatre – Wednesday 31st October – Sunday 4th November 2018

Glasgow Kings Theatre – Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th November 2018

Milton Keynes Theatre – Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th November 2018

Nottingham Theatre Royal – Wednesday 21st – Sunday 25th November 2018

Edinburgh Festival Theatre – Wednesday 28th November – Sunday 2nd December 2018

Stoke Regent Theatre – Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th December 2018

Oxford New Theatre – Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th December 2018

Hammersmith Apollo Theatre – Wednesday 19th – Monday 31st December 2018