Happy New Year! We have had a busy December working on casting for the key roles in our forthcoming film, The Raven On The Jetty, and are very excited about the year to come. On the 15th and 16th of December 2012, following a tremendous response to our casting call, we held auditions for the leading boy, Thomas, in the film as well as for his Father and Mother at the Rheged Centre in Penrith. Following a review of the screen tests, and extensive discussions, we are very pleased to be able to welcome three actors to our project. We are looking very much forward to working with them. Here is a brief introduction to our three leading actors:
Connor O’Hara to play ‘Thomas’
Connor O’Hara is 10 years old and has taken part in a number of community theatre productions since his first performance as Tiny Tim at the age of six. He also sings and plays the trumpet and has, over the past 4 years, participated in the South Cumbria Music Festival. He has won awards at this festival for reading, acting, singing and playing the piano. As a keen performer, Connor has also appeared in all of his school’s end of year productions. Despite his tender age, Connor has appeared in numerous musicals, including Scrooge, Fame Academy, The King and I, Camelot and Annie, as well as in the play, Brassed Off.
Robert O’Hara to play ‘Thomas’s Father’
Robert O’Hara has been involved in Community theatre for over 40 years. He has performed in Birmingham, Saudi Arabia, France, the United States and Ulverston, where he now lives. He has performed in a string of dramatic and comedic plays, including A Doll’s House, Abigail’s Party, Blood Brothers and Fawlty Towers. He is also a singer, having performed in numerous musicals, including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Wizard of Oz. A former secondary school maths teacher, Robert now runs a guest house and music venue, Sefton House, in Ulverston.
Helen Teasdale to play ‘Thomas’s Mother’
Helen Teasdale first started acting at the age of 7 and developed a love for performing during her school years. This led to leading youth performances at prestigious theatres such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, and, as a member of the amateur theatre group, The Potato Room Players, at the City Varieties Music Hall, also in Leeds. Helen studied Music at the City Of Leeds College of Music and then went on to study at the University College of St Martins, Lancaster, where she obtained a BA Hons in Performing Arts. After her studies, she moved to Carlisle and worked as part of the show team at Center Parcs in Penrith, followed by leading roles with the Carlisle Musical Society, including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Me & My Girl. She now runs her own business, Music Makers, which provides weekly music workshops for the under 5’s and more recently she joined the Stagecoach team in Carlisle as a vocal coach.