OVER 150 young hopefuls from across the borough visited the Towngate Theatre yesterday aiming to win a part in this year’s pantomime, Peter Pan.
Critically acclaimed the Towngate Theatre pantomime has gained a reputation as one of the best shows in the county, and is renowned for its incredible song and dance routines.
Theatre Manager Graham Sandford said: “The auditions for the children's roles are always very popular, but we were amazed to see how many came along to the open audition on Sunday.
Dance is incredibly popular in the borough with a number of local schools, and this showed, with some incredible auditions. It was very tough to pick, but we are very happy with those who have been selected.”
The open audition for the Chorus and Lost Boys saw 150 young people audition whilst a further 30 boys auditions for the roles of John and Michael.
Two final teams of 16 were selected, along with 2 John's and 4 Michael's, who will take it turns to perform in the month long show.
Councillor Kevin Blake, cabinet member for leisure and arts at Basildon Council said: “I would like to congratulate all of the young people who were successful in the auditions.
They are going to be really put through their paces over the coming months ahead of the show, but I hope they enjoy every minute and remember this as their first experience of the industry.”
Peter Pan runs at the Towngate Theatre from 5th December to 6 January. Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office on 01268 465465 or via www.towngatetheatre.co.uk.