Interview with Kate Evans from Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre about the open auditions for 2014/15 Pantomime, Aladdin on the 31st August

Written by on August 1, 2014

Budding young performers from across Coventry and Warwickshire are once again being given the chance to attend open auditions for the Belgrade’s annual family pantomime on Sunday 31st August which could see them land a role in the pantomime chorus.

In countdown to this year’s magical pantomime, Aladdin, the Belgrade Theatre will be holding open auditions for three teams of panto chorus plus one team of reserves on Sunday 31st August at the Belgrade Theatre from 10am.

The auditions, which are for children aged 9-16 only, will begin promptly at 10am. Parents are asked to bring their children to the Belgrade theatre foyer for 9.45am where they will be numbered against their registration form. On arrival, children will be given a registration number to identify them and will be sorted into groups based on age and height. The choreographer will then take each group in turn and teach them a short routine which will be presented to Writer/Director, Iain Lauchlan. If a child makes it through the first round s/he will be asked to stay for a further round in the afternoon.

Children attending audition are requested to wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for them to move and dance in. At least one parent, guardian or nominated person must wait with each child. Unaccompanied children will not be eligible to audition on the day.

Children wishing to audition for this year’s pantomime are asked to complete and return a copy of the Registration form and Equalities document available for download from the Belgrade Theatre website at Completed forms should be sent to Denise Duncombe via email at or posted to Denise Duncombe (Admin Manager) Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS.

Writer/Director Iain Lauchlan said: ‘I’m looking for 24 enthusiastic, young performers from across the region to join this year’s pantomime chorus. Last year’s auditions attracted many talented young people and we’re hoping this year will be one of our biggest turnouts yet. What I’m looking for most of all is personality and enthusiasm. It may be that your child is passionate about dancing or has always dreamed of performing live on a professional stage, whatever your performance background, we’re keen for you to come along and share your talent. Who knows, you could find yourself as a villager of old Peking, a royal courtier, a servant in the Emperor’s palace or a Jewel in the magical cave!  I’m really looking forward to seeing what young talent is out there waiting to be discovered this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Following in the success of last year’s record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin  features all the hallmarks of a traditional Belgrade Theatre pantomime, spectacular scenery, incredible costumes, hilarious slapstick and plenty of audience participation.

This year’s festive extravaganza sees the return of respected children’s writer and performer Iain Lauchlan to the role of dame. Iain, who has also written and directed this year’s show, is perhaps best known as the creator of the hit BBC children’s series The Tweenies which first aired in 1999.

Aladdin runs on the Belgrade’s Main Stage from Weds 26 Nov 2014 – Sat 10 Jan 2015. Tickets are priced from £13.50 – £22. To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit the Belgrade Theatre website where tickets are cheaper.

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