Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (3-week intensive) – Auditioning Grades 7-12 – Plano

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Presenting NTPA-Plano’s Pride Month Title: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant, loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies, and steps out of the darkness into the spotlight.

Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

Director’s Note

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” because it’s a story that resonates deeply with me. At its heart, it’s a tale of resilience, self-discovery, and the power of unconditional love.

Jamie New’s journey is one of triumph over adversity. Despite facing numerous challenges and societal prejudices, Jamie refuses to dim his light. His unwavering confidence and pride are truly inspiring, serving as a reminder that we should never let others dictate our worth or dampen our spirits.

One aspect of the story that particularly moves me is Jamie’s relationship with his mother. Their bond is a beautiful portrayal of love, support, and acceptance. It highlights the importance of having a strong support system, especially during times of uncertainty and doubt.

As a director, I am passionate about bringing Jamie’s story to life on stage because it’s a celebration of individuality and the courage to embrace who you truly are. It’s a reminder that we all deserve to shine brightly and take center stage in our own lives. I believe that “Everybody’s Talking about Jamie” has the power to uplift, inspire, and spark meaningful conversations about acceptance and inclusion.

– Jason Robert Villarreal


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Book & Lyrics by Tom MacRae
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells
From an idea by Jonathan Butterell

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