The Belgrade Theatre is on the hunt once again for the region’s most talented young performers to audition for the junior chorus of this year’s pantomime, Cinderella.
Children aged 9 -16 are invited to audition at the theatre on Sunday 3rd September, starting promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to bring their children to the Belgrade Theatre foyer for 9.30am.
Young hopefuls will be split into groups and taught a short dance routine by the show’s choreographer, which they will later be asked to perform in front of Writer, Director and Dame, Iain Lauchlan. If a child makes it through the first round s/he will be asked to stay for a further round in the afternoon.
Panto legend Iain Lauchlan, has a career spanning over 40 years in the entertainment industry, and is best-known as a former presenter of successful children’s TV series’ including BBC’s Playschool, Fingermouse, Playdays, Storytime and Fun Song Factory. He also wrote the BAFTA award-winning children’s television series, The Tweenies. Cinderella will be Iain’s 23rd pantomime at the Belgrade Theatre.
He said, “I’m very excited to see some fresh new talent at this year’s auditions. Every year, we see hundreds of youngsters, with different levels of experience in performing, but ultimately we’re looking for plenty of enthusiasm and someone who will shine on the stage. As the writer, director and Dame, I know how much hard work goes into rehearsing a pantomime, but it’s also a fun and rewarding experience for the whole cast and everyone involved. It’s always a joy bringing a touch of sparkle and magic for so many families over the festive season!”
Children attending the auditions are advised to wear shoes to dance in (no glass slippers necessary) and clothing suitable for them to move and dance in. At least one parent, guardian or nominated person must wait with each child. Unaccompanied children will not be eligible to audition on the day.
At the end of the afternoon, three teams of eight will be selected as Cinderella’s Junior Chorus, plus one team of understudies, and will appear in performances on the Main Stage throughout the festive season alongside a cast of professional actors.
Pre-registration for this year’s Young Chorus Auditions is not essential although applicants are encouraged to pre-register their interest online in advance via the Belgrade Theatre website at www.belgrade.co.uk
Those children lucky enough to be chosen for the pantomime teams will be asked to stay behind with their parents for their initial wardrobe measurement and to be allocated a team.
Join Cinderella on her quest to win the heart of the dashing Prince Charming, with a little help from her best friend Buttons and the enchanting Fairy Godmother. But with her evil Ugly Sisters determined to ruin her chances and the clock about to strike midnight, will Cinders manage to win the Prince’s love before the spell runs out?
This year’s panto will feature the spectacular sets, lavish costumes and sing-along-songs that make a trip to the Belgrade a truly unmissable Christmas treat. What’s more, with not one but two dastardly dames in the shape of the Ugly Sisters, this year’s show is set to be double the fun!