Rhodes Sleeping Beauty panto auditions attract 78 chorus wannabes
There was no sleeping on the job for the judging panel picking the junior chorus for this year's Rhodes Arts Complex pantomime.
Sleeping Beauty creator and director Ian McFarlane, choreographer Richard Jones and the South Road venue's own artistic programmer, Sue Scott Davison, had the task of choosing three groups of six talented young performers for the panto's four-week run at the end of the year.
At the auditions, 78 youngsters aged 9 to 18 sang and danced their way through a series of workshops. Nobody was sent home disappointed by elimination on the day as the successful cast members were told they would be notified in person this week.
Sue said: "It was wonderful to see so many very talented young performers from our community giving their all and having a fun and enriching day. It was incredibly hard to choose, but we all agree we have some very special performers in the cast of our panto this year."
Sleeping Beauty opens on Saturday December 7 and finishes on Sunday January 5. There will be 40 public performances on the following 18 dates: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21-24, 26-31, January 1 and 3-5. You can book online here.
Creator and director Ian has directed some of the biggest pantos in London and across the UK, while choreographer Richard is taking time away from the West End production of Mary Poppins and the international tour of Miss Saigon to devote his talents.
The story revolves around feisty heroine Princess Bea's amazing adventure as she battles the wicked Fairy Midnight in pursuit of true love's kiss.
Producer Oliver Seadon has previously worked on hit family shows including Potted Potter plus CBeebies favourites In the Night Garden Live and Bing Live.