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Central panto auditions attract record numbers

Date: 23/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Shoppers in Chatham High Street early on Sunday morning were greeted by an unusual sight outside The Central Theatre. A long line of young people, stretching as far as the eye could see, waited patiently in the sunshine, dressed in their finest dancewear, clutching registration forms and hoping for a part in this year’s pantomime, Cinderella. Open auditions were held for both girls and boys aged between eight and 16-years-old, offering them a chance to star alongside Joe Swash, Mickey Miller from EastEnders, in this year’s production. More than 250 hopefuls attended the auditions – the largest attendance for auditions ever recorded at the venue. The dancers were put through their paces by the show’s producer Emily Wood from Evolution Productions, and choreographer Paul Tracy – who’s recently been working with Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Len Goodman. Emily Wood said, “This is the largest attendance we’ve ever seen at any of our auditions. It’s fantastic to see so many young people make the effort to come here on a Sunday morning and the standard has been amazing. But this isn’t just about trying to get a part in the show – for many of these children it’s their first ever opportunity to audition before a professional choreographer in a real theatre setting, which is an experience that will hopefully help them develop their talents in the future”. Eventually 40 dancers were selected to star in the production, which runs from Friday, 12 December to Sunday, 4 January. For show times and ticket availability please contact the box office on 01634 338338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Please use link to photographs Editors: for further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk