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BBC Newcastle celebrates Metro

BBC Newcastle is launching a search for local singers to star in a musical about the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Metro the Musical will feature North East people telling their own stories and experiences of the public transport service as it celebrates 30 years.

The station's holding open auditions in Sunderland and Newcastle this weekend and singers will be selected to perform either individually or as part of a choir in the final production.

The BBC is working on this project with composer Benjamin Till who produced Coventry Market the Musical with BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and more recently A Symphony for Yorkshire with BBC Yorkshire.

The musical will launch at a public event in Spring 2011 and will broadcast on BBC Newcastle as well as on regional television. It will also be available on a special DVD to raise money for BBC Children in Need and then online.

BBC Newcastle Editor Andrew Robson, says: "This is the chance to be part of something special. The Tyne & Wear Metro is part of so many people's lives, and we want to celebrate that with a project that everybody can be part of."

Over the last few months, BBC Newcastle has been collecting listeners' stories and experiences of the Tyne & Wear Metro, like Pat from Gateshead who met her partner of 18 years on the Metro, and Chris who got to drive a test train at only 10 years old. These stories, and many more like it, could feature in the musical.

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