SUMMER holidays have barely finished, but Eden Court is already looking ahead to the Christmas season with open auditions for the junior chorus at this year’s family pantomime, Peter Pan.
Around 100 children aged nine to 16 turned up to audition for a part in the show as either a member of the junior chorus or to play the key roles of John and Michael.
Steve Boden, managing director of Imagine Theatre who produce the show, had the task of whittling that number down to just the three teams of 10, plus a team of reserves.
"It is always difficult when faced with so many talented youngsters, but due to a number of factors we can never take as many kids as we like, so that leaves us with a real challenge on audition days," Boden said.
"To choose John and Michael myself and director Steven Wren took the boys who wished to audition aside and heard them read from the script.
"Meanwhile, those auditioning for the Junior Chorus were taught a dance routine by our choreographer Roy MacQueen which they then performed back to the audition panel and around half were recalled back for the afternoon session during which point we had to select our teams.
"Those children we chose weren’t just those with the strongest dance skills, but also those that had something special that made them stand out from the crowd.
"The children all have a lot of hard work ahead of them and it is really rewarding to watch as they develop their skills further during the rehearsals and then to see them in performance up on the Eden Court stage."
• Peter Pan runs from Tuesday 8th December until Sunday 10th January 2016 and tickets are already on sale from Eden Court box office.