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Call to join hip hopera cast in Milton Keynes
The rapper Soul Urban Poet is performing in Carmen Brown
The rapper Soul Urban Poet is performing in Carmen Brown

A street dance crew in Milton Keynes is planning its own version of the opera Carmen.

The Story of Carmen Brown is a re-make of MTVs 2001 hip hopera which starred Beyonce Knowles and brings Bizet's opera up to date in a street style.

Desperate 2 Dance Company and Harlem Dance Company will perform this version at Stantonbury Campus in July 2011.

They are looking for dancers and rappers to complete the cast and will be holding auditions in February 2011.

The show tells the story of Carmen, a small-town, would-be actress, who has one policeman in love with her and another hunting her down. Chaos smoulders and finally ignites when Carmen becomes infatuated with an up- and-coming rap star, at which point things start going downhill for everyone.


Dance teacher Kim Hodge told BBC Three Counties Radio more about the show and what they are looking for.

"It's an entire story told through the medium of street dance and hip hop" she said.

"There will be group choreography and in certain sections the leading cast [members] will step away from the group choreography and act out a story through dance. If there's a finesse that we can't quite describe with our dancers then our narrator is going to step in and rap over the dancing as well.

"We are looking for people who are talented, dynamic and committed."

As well as dancers, the group are also looking for two rapper narrators to join rapper Soul Urban Poet who is already on board.

Auditions will be held on Sunday 6 February 2011 at Brooklands Farm Primary School in Broughton.

Dancers will be seen between 10.00am and 2.00pm and rappers/singers between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

If you are between 8 and 25 years old, can dance and are available for all rehearsals and performances from Saturday 25 June - Sunday 3 July, then you can apply for a place at the auditions by contacting:

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