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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Open audition to find leading lady for Carlisle panto

Budding stage stars have just days left to prepare to become part of this year’s Carlisle pantomime.

Robbie Dee photo
Robbie Dee, seen here last year with Kayleigh MacRae, will again be in the Christmas show

The Sands Centre is searching for a leading lady to play Wendy in its Christmas production of Peter Pan.

Auditions for the key role will take place next Saturday from 10.30am.

They are open to any female performer aged 16 and over, but anyone auditioning is asked to register from 10am.

A spokesman for The Sands Centre said: “This will be a great opportunity for a local budding actor to gain her first professional contract.”

Hopefuls need to bring two contrasting songs of their choice with a CD backing track, to allow the audition panel to hear them sing.

They will be given some acting sections of the Peter Pan script to perform in front of the panel on the day.

It is not just the part of Wendy which needs filling either; producers are also searching for local stars aged eight and over for the roles of Michael, John, The Lost Children and Tinkerbell the magical fairy.

An open audition will take place on Sunday at The Sands Centre for these roles.

At 10.30am youngsters aged 14 and over can audition for dancers and the chorus, while children aged eight to 13 are invited to apply for the parts of the Lost Children, John, Michael and Tinkerbell at 1pm.

Registration is 30 minutes before auditions begin.

There will be 32 performances of Peter Pan throughout December.

While the cast has yet to be chosen, producers are already promising that it will feature “amazing flying effects, a lavish set, a fantastic live band and a host of top quality professional performers”.

Among those already signed up are Chris Ellison – who played DI Burnside in ITV’s The Bill – as Captain Hook; children’s favourite Darragh Mortell from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker and Dani’s House as Peter Pan; CFM Radio’s Robbie Dee as Smee; and impressionist Andy Fleming as Starkey.

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