4th Jul, 2022

Belgrade Theatre seeks stage-struck youngsters for Cinderella

Ian Hughes 2nd Aug, 2017

STAGE-STRUCK youngsters are being offered the chance to tread the boards at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre this Christmas.

The theatre is on the hunt for talented young performers to audition for the junior chorus of this year’s pantomime Cinderella.

Children aged nine to 16 are invited to audition at the theatre on Sunday September 3, starting promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to bring their children to the 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 they will be asked to stay for a further round in the afternoon.

Iain has a career spanning over 40 years in the entertainment industry, and is best-known as a former presenter of 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.

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 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.

Chosen children will be asked to stay behind after the audition, with their parents for their initial wardrobe measurement and to be allocated a team.

Pre-registration for this year’s Young Chorus Auditions is not essential although applicants are encouraged to pre-register their interest online in advance. Visit www.belgrade.co.uk to register and for further details on the panto which runs from November 22 to January 13.

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