Actors sought for panto Dick Whittington

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TAYLORIAN Productions is on the hunt for a cast and chorus to bring The Adventures of Dick Whittington to life.

The theatre company is looking for a range of singers and dancers to take part in its Christmas pantomime special. It will be performed at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, from December 17 to 31.

The show follows their record-breaking production of Wizard of Oz.

Taylorian Productions’ summer show, performed from August 8 to 20, attracted nearly 9,500 people. This is a record attendance for a local musical at the Gaiety Theatre.

Taylorian Productions’ resident director, John Cumberlidge, said: ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a vibrant company and take part in a project which will just add to the magic of Christmas.

‘We are looking for good singers, those who can move well and, of course, those who are good at both.

‘After the huge success of the Wizard of Oz and the time we devoted to it, we have not been able to offer all of the children’s parts yet, but we hope to finalise those over audition weekend.

‘There are no plans to cast children again because we saw a vast number earlier in the year and we will be in touch with them – there’s so much young talent. We’re planning a sumptuous pantomime.’

Auditions start next week for The Adventures of Dick Whittington and will be held at the Manx Operatic Society rehearsal rooms at Finch Road in Douglas. The story is of a poor lad from Gloucestershire who travels to London with his cat to seek his fortune and ends up becoming Lord Mayor.

Audition pieces are available from The Copy Shop, in Buck’s Road, Douglas, or online at taylorianproductions.com – and include all your favourite pantomime characters.

Dancers and singers are asked to attend at 7pm on Friday of next week.

There will be auditions for specific parts the following day and call-backs on the Sunday.

For more information about The Adventures of Dick Whittington, go to taylorianproductions.com or call Matthew James on 462661.

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