Boys can hit the heights in panto

LORNA MARSH As Norwich Theatre Royal reveals what this year's pantomime treat will be, producers are appealing for local children to audition for two key parts.

LORNA MARSH

They are the perfect roles for any boy with soaring ambitions – although the ability to fly is not a requirement.

As Norwich Theatre Royal reveals what this year's pantomime treat will be, producers are appealing for local children to audition for two key parts.

The award-winning theatre, renowned for its own spectacular and record-breaking panto productions, will be staging a version of the classic tale of Peter Pan over the festive season.


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But the roles of Michael and John are still to be filled and the theatre is looking for outgoing and talented boys under 5ft 2ins.

The production is to be written by Rikki Jay and Richard Gauntlett, the creative team behind the theatre's last three pantomimes.

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Richard, who will also direct the show, is playing the title role, while Rikki will be playing the part of Smee.

Their last panto Sleeping Beauty smashed all previous box office totals with 62,784 tickets sold for the five-week run and an income of £637,110.

The figure beat the previous best set by Christmas 2003's Aladdin by £40,901, making it the most successful pantomime since the theatre reopened in 1992 – but producers are hoping that will be topped by Peter Pan the Pantomime.

Auditions for the roles of Michael and John will be held at The Garage on Sunday May 15.

Producers said acting or dancing experience is an advantage, but not essential and ability to fly is not required – the magic of theatre will take care of that.

Interested boys should apply in writing or by email giving their name, address and height to: Kevin Sides, Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL or k.sides@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk.

The pantomine will run from Friday December 16 to Sunday January 15.

Tickets will cost from £4 to £14.50 with discounts for Friends of the Theatre, over 60s, under 18s and groups.

Booking dates are as follows: From April 1 for Gold Friends and Corporate Club members; from April 2 for Friends by post, fax, and online booking; from April 8 for Friends in person and by phone; from May 3 for the public by post, fax and online booking; from May 9 for the public in person and by phone.

For more information visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or phone the box office on 01603 630000.

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