Youngsters invited to audition for Georgian Theatre panto

Young people aged between nine and 18 are being given the opportunity to take part in the Georgian Theatre Royal’s annual pantomime.

The Richmond theatre is holding auditions on Saturday, July 24 between 2pm and 4pm for the junior dance and chorus in this year’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

“This is a unique opportunity for young people to get involved in a professional production and work with experienced actors and musicians,” said theatre chief executive and pantomime director, Clare Allen.

“The junior cast are an integral part of the show, performing exciting song and dance routines, as well as taking on small speaking parts.

“It is hard work and requires strong commitment but it is also amazing fun.

“Extensive dance and singing tuition is part of the rehearsal process so participants will acquire many new skills in their journey towards opening night.

“At this stage, however, no previous acting or dancing experience is required just a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

“For some of the young company it is their first stage appearance but many go on to pursue acting as a hobby or even become professional actors themselves.”

All participants will need to register before the audition by emailing their name, age and contact telephone number to by 5pm on Wednesday, July 21.

Alternatively, call 01748 823710.

The auditions will run as a fun workshop where participants will do some singing, dancing and acting.

Individuals are encouraged to bring their own dance shoes if they have them but these are not necessary.

Parents and carers will be asked to leave their children for the duration of the audition where they will be looked after by registered chaperones.

Those successful in the auditions will be divided into one of three chorus teams, which will perform every third day throughout the duration of the pantomime.

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 5pm to 7pm from September with additional rehearsals leading up to the show.

Beauty and the Beast will run at The Georgian Theatre Royal from December 3 until January 9, 2022.