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PUBLISHED: 10:36 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:30 10 June 2010

AN EXMOUTH schoolboy saw an article in the Exmouth Journal about an audition call for a part in Exmouth Musical Theatre Company s forthcoming production of Chess.

AN EXMOUTH schoolboy saw an article in the Exmouth Journal about an audition call for a part in Exmouth Musical Theatre Company's forthcoming production of Chess.

Sam Gooding applied and, after rigourous testing, was successful. The company is pleased to announce that two boys have been selected to play the part.

Performing in three scenes, Sam Gooding, 8, and Ben Mellor, 8, will be making their acting debuts in Chess later this spring. Both boys attend Withycombe Raleigh Primary School and are in the same year, albeit in different classes.

The musical, from the composers of the hit show Mamma Mia, follows the Cold War rivalry of two chess champions - one American, one Russian - as they vie for the world championship and a woman's heart.

Florence, the assistant to American champion Freddie Trumper, and the Russian Anatoly embark on a love affair that packs in great vocals and lots of emotion. Chess includes the popular songs I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok.

And with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA, and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice, it promises not to disappoint! The show will be directed by David Youll and Lynne Caygill is the musical director.

Chess will be appearing at the Exmouth Pavilion from Wednesday, May 27, to Saturday, May 30.

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