HMT panto roles up for grabs by local young thespians

HMT panto roles up for grabs by local young thespians

Talented young local performers are to get the chance to tread the boards at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this Christmas alongside panto stars Elaine C Smith, Alan McHugh and Jordan Young.

For open auditions are being held for the roles of Michael and John Darling in this year’s spectacular swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan, which runs at the city centre theatre from Saturday, November 28 to Sunday, January 3.

Aberdeen Performing Arts and pantomime producers Qdos Entertainment are holding open auditions on Saturday, October 17 at the Music Hall in Aberdeen for four local boys to take on the two roles.

The successful applicants will get the chance to work with Aberdeen’s panto Queen Elaine C Smith as the Magical Mermaid, as well as the city’s favourite comedy duo Alan McHugh as Dame Maggie Celeste and Jordan Young as Smee.

The auditioning panel will consist of APA marketing officer Alice Mills, Evening Express writer Donna Ewen and Peter Pan director and choreographer Nick Winston and applicants will be asked to present a prepared monologue, poem or rhyme of their choice and should also be prepared to read from a short except from the script.

Auditionees will need to meet the following criteria – be no taller than 4’6” for Michael and 4’8” for John; must be accompanied throughout the audition by a parent/guardian and must be available to perform throughout the entire pantomime run, from the start of rehearsals on Monday, November 16 until Sunday, January 3.

Youngsters interested in auditioning, can get an application form by emailing pantoauditions@aberdeenperformingarts.com from Monday (October 5).

Nick said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for a young performer, not just to take centre stage on one of the most magnificent theatres in Scotland but also to learn from such legendary pantomime performers and first class entertainers as Elaine, Alan and Jordan.”

Tickets for Peter Pan are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Saturday 03 October

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