If you’ve got an 8 to 11 year-old who loves to act, dance and sing, then you might want to know about this year’s auditions for the York Theatre Royal pantomime. The search is on for young people to appear in Sleeping Beauty at York Theatre Royal from 7 December 2019 to 25 January 2020. It’s a pretty big commitment over the festive period, but an amazing opportunity to join York’s pantomime family – David Leonard, Suzy Cooper, Martin Barrass and A.J Powell – in a legendary show.
Open auditions are being held in the Billiard Room in De Grey House on Saturday 21 September 2019 for budding performers aged 8 to 11 and under 5ft tall. Group auditions will involve singing, dancing and acting.
The creative team is looking for enthusiastic and active youngsters with acting, singing and dancing talent to take part in this year’s panto, written and co-directed (with Matt Aston) by Berwick Kaler, who has retired as York’s Dame after 40 years.
Young people who can make a strong commitment to the rehearsals and performances of this year’s pantomime are encouraged to audition. Rehearsals start in November and will mainly take place on evenings and weekends.
Three teams of young people will perform alternate shows between Saturday 7 December 2019 and Saturday 25 January 2020. This will include some midweek matinees during term time. There are no performances on Sundays or Christmas Day, but anyone interested in taking part must be available for all other shows.
How to apply for a place at the auditions
Those interested should apply in advance. You need to fill in an application form. A photo is also required. Full details and an application form are available on the York Theatre Royal website. Click here
Registration for those with surnames A to K will be at 3pm with auditions taking place between 3.15 and 4.15pm. Registration for those with surnames L to Z will be at 4.45pm with auditions taking place between 5pm and 6pm.
Those auditioning should come in comfy clothes and shoes, and bring a drink. Parents need not stay as professional chaperones will be on duty throughout the afternoon. Closing date for entries is Thursday 19 September at 6pm.