NEWS: Call out for Young Chorus to be part of magical Cinderella
28 April 2023
Nottingham Playhouse’s legendary pantomime seeks young performers to join the sparkling cast of Cinderella.
This year’s legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime is the enchanting Cinderella, written and directed by Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse. Adam will be working with an exciting creative team including Cleo Pettit, who is designing fabulous sets and costumes, and John Morton, the panto’s much-loved Musical Director.
Nottingham Playhouse are now seeking young performers from Nottingham and the surrounding area, and who reflect the rich diversity of our city, to form the Young Chorus who will perform alongside the professional actors in the panto, including the renowned John Elkington as one of the ugly sisters.
To apply, you must be aged between 9 and 15 years old as of 6 November 2023 and be available for rehearsals and performances in Nottingham from 6 November 2023 to 13 January 2024. No prior performing experience is needed, just bags of energy, enthusiasm and commitment.
A workshop audition will be held on Sunday 11 June 2023 to select two teams of six young people, plus two reserves, to appear onstage as the Young Chorus. Please note that there are limited places available for the workshop audition. If audition slots become full before the closing date, a waiting list will be started. The closing date to apply is Wednesday 31 May at 5pm.
Adam Penford, Artistic Director, said: “The Young Chorus has been a fundamental part of the Playhouse panto for decades. In recent years, we’ve thrown open the doors, holding open auditions and extending the size of the role they play in the production. Open Audition Day is lots of fun. There’s so much talent in our region and it’s always hard to choose who gets a role. Rather than lots of stage experience, we’re looking for energy, enthusiasm and commitment.”
We welcome applications from young people with access requirements, please let us know as part of the application. For further information and details on how to apply, download our audition pack.
Cinderella promises to be a festive treat for all the family. With live music, dazzling dance and comedy chaos galore, this magical tale will be brought to life with the Nottingham Playhouse special blend of fabulous glitz and glamour.
Last year’s Nottingham Playhouse panto, Dick Whittington, also written and directed by Adam Penford, recently won Best Lighting Award in the UK Pantomime Association Awards for Sally Ferguson, Lighting Designer. Dick Whittington was also nominated for Best Pantomime (500-900) seats in the Awards but was pipped to the post by Sir Ian McKellen’s Mother Goose.