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Auditions for Thameside pantomime set for next month

DO YOU want to be part of the most spectacular Pantomime that has ever been staged at the Thameside Theatre?

Polka Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting a GIANT of a Pantomime for 2013/2014 in the shape of Jack and the Beanstalk – a great hit with all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old! It runs for 53 performances between Friday 6 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014.

Perhaps you’d like to perform alongside our professional West End and Celebrity cast or came to see Cinderella last year and would like to be part of the magic. We promise to bring you everything you’d expect from a professional Pantomime… and more! Dazzling costumes, fabulous scenery and some truly magical surprises are just a few of the things you can expect when you take part. This is guaranteed to be one of the most magical moments that you will NEVER forget.

For the run of the performances there will be professional principal actors and three casts of children’s chorus. The three children’s casts will alternate performances between Friday 6 December 2013 and Sunday 5 January 2014 which will include some schools performances. This is your chance to perform in front of thousands of people – an amazing experience you won’t want to miss. This year we are looking for the following young people aged 8 – 18 years:

An all singing, all dancing chorus of boys and girls who are full of personality and can move well.

Auditions will take place on Saturday 22 June at the Thameside Theatre, Grays from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

Children must be no younger than 8 years old by 1 September 2013. Parents will be asked to sign their child in at the theatre foyer and return to collect them at 1.00pm. NO PARENTS will be allowed into the theatre whilst the auditions are taking place. At 1.00pm, if your child is successful, parents will be required to confirm which three dates they will chaperone for – please bring your diaries with you.

To audition, you must fill in an application form which is available from the Thameside Theatre Box Office or by sending an email to Polka Dot Pantomimes at and bring it with you on the day. The form will also require you to attach a recent photograph – passport style is probably best.

Please note that you will not need to bring any audition material with you on the day as it will be provided by Polka Dot. This ensures that everyone is auditioned fairly from the same material.

During the audition we will play some games, teach everyone a short dance routine and hear you sing as a group. It is important to try your best and show us lots of personality – that is more important to us than watching perfect dancers or singers with bored faces. We are looking for potential and ambition so just try your best and don’t panic – we are here to help.

The chance to perform in this year’s Pantomime production is truly amazing but it will require permission for children to be released from School for some performances. This is kept to a minimum and although many Schools are supportive of their pupils participating in events such as this, parents should speak to Head Teachers before the audition to ensure that they are willing to allow absence from School should your child be successful. Your child MUST be available for their selected performance dates and for all rehearsals. Every child performing requires a performance license – Polka Dot Pantomimes co-ordinate this but need parental support to help them achieve that!

For further information, or an application form, please call Polka Dot Pantomimes on Tel: 01775 712359 or call the Thameside Theatre Box Office on Tel: 0845 300 5264. We look forward to seeing you……….and GOOD LUCK!



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