Queen’s Theatre to hold open auditions for pantomime’s child stars

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 July 2016

The Young Company's child performers in action in Aladdin last year

The Young Company's child performers in action in Aladdin last year

Mark Sepple

The borough’s young stars have their chance to shine at open auditions for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella.

Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is looking for talented children aged between eight and 15 to join its Young Company for their production of the fairy tale later this year.

And, in an X-factor inspired twist, this year’s auditions will be held in public on the ground floor of the Mercury Mall Shopping Centre, Romford, on Friday July 22.

The show’s director, Martin Berry, is excited to see what young local talent will reveal itself at the auditions.

He said: “The Young Company will be a crucial magical ingredient in this year’s pantomime.

“The auditions will be great fun and a wonderful opportunity not only for those lucky enough to become part of the show, but also for all of those auditioning to start to feel some of that very special Cinderella magic.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting everyone.”

Hopefuls will audition in front of a judging panel led by Martin, and will be asked to sing a song before being taught a short dance routine to Queen’s smash hit Don’t Stop Me Now.

Candidates do not necessarily have to have previous dance training, but they must be full of enthusiasm and committed entirely to the show.

Those who are successful will share the stage with professional actors over the course of 59 performances between December 3 and January 14.

The show’s rehearsals will begin in the final week of October and usually run from 4pm to 6pm, two or three weeknights a week plus a Saturday rehearsal.

Last year saw a number of Havering’s young actors dancing and singing in Queen’s Theatre’s critically acclaimed Aladdin.

To audition, interested youngsters must book their places by Wednesday by having their parents email stating the child’s name, age, date of birth, address and telephone number.

The theatre will then get in touch with a time-slot and a registration form, which children should complete and bring to their audition along with a passport sized photograph.

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