Your chance to play a part in pantomime

Iain Lauchlan, who is writing and directing this year's pantomime
Iain Lauchlan, who is writing and directing this year's pantomime

Young performers from Rugby and the surrounding area are being given the chance to audition for the Belgrade Theatre’s annual family pantomime on Sunday.

As preparations continue for this year’s show, Beauty and the Beast, the Belgrade in Coventry will be holding auditions for three teams of panto chorus, plus one team of reserves, from 10am.

The auditions, which are for children aged nine to 16, will begin promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to bring their children to the Belgrade theatre foyer for 9.45am. On arrival, children will be numbered against their registration form and sorted into groups based on age and height. The choreographer will then take each group in turn and teach them a short routine which will be presented to writer and director, Iain Lauchlan. If a child makes it through the first round, he or she will be asked to stay for a further round in the afternoon.

Children attending the audition are requested to wear comfortable 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.

Children wishing to audition for this year’s pantomime are advised to complete and return a copy of the registration form and Equalities document. These are available for download from the Belgrade Theatre website.

Completed forms should be before noon on Friday.

Writer and director Iain Lauchlan said: “What I’m looking for most of all is personality and enthusiasm. It may be that your child is passionate about dancing or has always dreamed of performing live on a professional stage – whatever your performance background, we’re keen for you to come along and share your talent.

Beauty and the Beast runs on the Belgrade’s Main Stage from November 25 to Saturday January 9. Call 024 7655 3055.