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Oh to be on stage!
03 Sep 2013
by Rebecca Dutton

When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was dance in the Christmas pantomime. I used to watch little girls dressed in their tutus performing on stage and thought it looked absolutely magical.

In some ways, my dream did come true. My ballet group auditioned for a local theatre group’s performance of Dick Whittington and I was chosen to be a rat. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations of a pink, glittery dress but I still remember the excitement of getting ready in the dressing room and then dancing onto the stage. I also remember waving at my Mum and Dad – although they couldn’t even tell which little rat I was as we were all dressed in black with skin-tight black hats over our hair.

Now the pantomime season is nearly upon us again. Oh no it’s not, I hear you cry!

Oakengates Theatre @ The Place is looking for trained dancers to audition for their extravaganza this year. This year’s show comes with a Middle Eastern flavour in the form of Aladdin– and the theatre is offering women and girls the chance to audition for a dancing part.

The theatre is looking for trained junior dancers who are aged between seven and 12 that are not taller than five feet and also senior dancers aged 13 and over who are not under five feet tall.

Theatre manager Debbie King said: “We are looking for dancers who are local to the theatre and able to commit to rehearsals and performances between November 30 and January 5.

“We particularly want to hear from people who attend regular dance lessons in ballet, tap and jazz and who follow a recognised examination syllabus, such as ISTD/RAD or IDTA.”

Auditions will be held at Oakengates Theatre @ The Place on Sunday, September 15.

Good luck to anyone who does audition – and I hope you get to wear a pink, glittery tutu.

For more information, contact 01952 619155 or to find out more about this year’s pantomime, visit www.theplacetelford.com

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