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Wanted: Six extras for George Best play Dancing Shoes

By Ivan Little

Musical wannabes have been offered the chance to shoot for the stars in a revival of a show about Belfast's late, lamented footballing genius George Best.

For the producers of Dancing Shoes are scouting for a new team of hopefuls to put their Best feet forward in the show, which is running in Belfast's Grand Opera House in August.

"They don't need to have been on stage before" said Martin Lynch, who wrote the musical along with Marie Jones and songwriters JJ Gilmour and Pat Gribben.

"But a little experience could be helpful," added Lynch, whose goal is to find three men and three women aged between 20 and 40

"They will feature in all the crowd scenes set in Los Angeles and Manchester. We will pay them out-of-pocket expenses and they will have the unforgettable experience of performing on the Opera House stage."

Auditions are being held on Wednesday, July 15 and the closing date for applications is in five days' time.

"We would like people to send us a picture and a little bit of information about themselves to marketing@gblproductions.com," said Lynch "They must have the time to commit to a number of rehearsals at the end of this month and be free for all of the run, which opens on August 19, closing 10 nights later."

The show, which premiered in 2010, has already played twice to packed houses at the Opera House starring some of Northern Ireland's best known actors including Conor Grimes, Paddy Jenkins and Kerri Quinn.

And Lynch's GBL Productions company says audiences have been clamouring for Dancing Shoes to go into extra time

Dancing Shoes has already toured to critical acclaim in the UK including Manchester where United legend Pat Crerand, who was close to George, was in the audience.

Other stars, including former Man United goalkeepers Harry Gregg and Alex Stepney, had earlier seen a preview of the show in Belfast.

The musical follows George from his boyhood in the Cregagh estate in Belfast to the pinnacle of his success at Old Trafford before his eventual downfall and tragic death at the age of 59 in 2005 due to persistent problems with alcohol abuse.

The musical also features George's colourful love life including his relationship with Angie Best, mother of the footballer's son Calum.

But there's no mention of George's second wife, Alex.

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