Young hope­fuls have a ball at the Cin­derella au­di­tions

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MORE than 200 young­sters de­scended on Coven­try’s Bel­grade The­atre yes­ter­day to au­di­tion for this year’s panto - Cin­derella.

The chance to shine on stage was be­ing of­fered to chil­dren aged be­tween nine and 16 for a part in the ju­nior cho­rus.

Young hope­fuls were split into groups and taught a short dance rou­tine by the show’s chore­og­ra­pher, which they later per­formed in front of writer, di­rec­tor and panto dame Iain Lauch­lan.

Sis­ters Alan­nah and Kiera Ka­vanagh had an early start to the day, ar­riv­ing at 7.45am.

Kiera said: “I did this two years ago for Beauty and the Beast. I did it for ex­pe­ri­ence and it was fun. I played a ci­ti­zen and fluffy crea­ture.

“It was good on stage, I didn’t think it was real. I’d just turned 10 for the first show and re­alised I loved act­ing.

“I did Dick Whit­ting­ton last year, I was a rat then. It was fun but was tir­ing and the cos­tumes were thin and furry. I was just happy to be in it.”

Alan­nah, nine, fol­lowed in her sis­ter’s foot­steps and said: “I wanted to do it af­ter see­ing my sis­ter act too, when she first did it I wasn’t old enough.

“When I first heard of this I thought wanted to do it with my sis­ter. I’m re­ally ex­cited, I man­aged to sleep!

“We’ve been danc­ing to­gether and my sis­ter has been help­ing. I was at the Al­bany last year so have a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Four­teen-year-old El­liot Barker was at his first au­di­tion for the Bel­grade but he has done a few pan­tos be­fore.

He said: “I love the en­ergy about it and this is great for it.

“I sing and dance, most of the time I do singing and act­ing.

“I come from a the­atri­cal fam­ily so I’ve been in panto when I was four.

“We meet so many nice peo­ple. I’m a bit ner­vous but I’m sid­ing to­wards ex­cited.

“I don’t know what to ex­pect but ill give it ev­ery­thing I’ve got. I’ve got fam­ily in the West End, it’s great to have that sup­port.”

The young­sters were put into teams and taken into the re­hearsal room to learn the dance rou­tine.

They were per­form­ing in the pres­ence of panto leg­end - Iain Lauch­lan.

Iain said: “I’m very ex­cited to see some fresh new tal­ent at this year’s au­di­tions. Ev­ery year, we see hun­dreds of young­sters, with dif­fer­ent lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence in per­form­ing, but ul­ti­mately we’re look­ing for plenty of en­thu­si­asm and some­one who will shine on the stage.

“As the writer, di­rec­tor and dame, I know how much hard work goes into re­hears­ing a pan­tomime, but it’s also a fun and re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the whole cast and ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It’s al­ways a joy bring­ing a touch of sparkle and magic for so many fam­i­lies over the fes­tive sea­son!”

Cin­derella runs on the Bel­grade’s Main Stage from Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 22 to Satur­day, Jan­uary 13.

Early­bird tick­ets are avail­able un­til Au­gust 31 priced from £11 for kids, £16 for adults and £43 for fam­i­lies.

To book, call the Bel­grade The­atre box of­fice on 024 7655 3055 or visit the web­site at www.bel­grade. where tick­ets are cheaper.

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