Youngsters line up for Sheringham panto parts

The ranks of young rats, kitchen helpers, ship's crew and tropical island guards for a popular north Norfolk pantomime have been swollen after successful weekend auditions.

More than 60 local young people aged between eight and 18 turned out on Saturday to audition for this year's Christmas production of Dick Whittington at Sheringham Little Theatre.

Putting them through their paces were production vocal coach, Charlotte Sayer, production choreographer, Daniel Elliott and pantomime director, Simon Thompson.

Mr Thompson admitted they had a very difficult task in choosing the successful candidates. 'All the young people worked to a high standard' he said 'and we were very impressed by their abilities, skills and talent'

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said she was 'delighted' to see so many talented young people attend. 'They all worked extremely hard learning songs and dance routines, as well as performing extracts from the script.'

The panto is a new twist on the traditional Dick Whittington tale penned and performed by London's Lyric Theatre, which has joined forces, along with Paston Sixth Form College at North Walsham, with the Sheringham venue for the winter show.

It will run from December 7 to January 2, for more information call the box office on 01263 822347.

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