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Panto auditions for youngsters at Buxton Opera House
Panto auditions for youngsters at Buxton Opera House
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The producers of the Buxton Opera House pantomime will be looking out for dance stars of the future when they hold chorus auditions for this Christmas’s production of Cinderella on Sunday, June 9.

In recent years, the chorus has become a popular feature of Buxton’s highly acclaimed pantomime and there is always strong competition for places.

This year, the theatre promises a truly magical production of Cinderella, which will open on December 12 and run until January 1, 2014.

Sally Brooks, who has worked on a number of London musicals, will once again act as choreographer.

The auditions, which will be held at the Pavilion Arts Centre in Buxton between 3pm-6pm on June 9, are open to young dancers with excellent technical ability, who are between the ages of 9-15 and over 4’ 8” in height.

Applicants must be available over the weekend of October 18-20 and should be prepared to take part in intensive rehearsals between November 18 and December 12.

Prior to the first performance, the chorus will be split into two teams and these teams will share performances until the show closes on January 1.

A nominal fee will be payable for each public performance as a contribution towards expenses.

All those applying will need to register, so please telephone Lizzie Whitehouse at Buxton Opera House on 01298 72050 as soon as possible to request an application form.

n The BBC’s award-winning, children’s show Horrible Histories is coming back to Buxton Opera House for another dose of the gruesome, ghastly and grisly parts of history from June 5-9.

Boasting sell-out shows at Buxton Opera House in 2008, it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage 2013, and watch historical figures and events come terrifyingly alive before your eyes.

Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, two astounding shows: Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians will bring back infamous characters from the past – guaranteed to thrill children as much as their families.

Terrible Tudors charts the rise of the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth’s reign. Hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors and find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. And more importantly will you survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience?

In Vile Victorians, will you escape the misery of the mines or the filth of the factories? What exactly did the ‘baby farmer’ do? And do your best to dodge the rotten railway and prepare for the Charge of the Light Brigade!

Tickets for Horrible Histories are £14.50 and discounts and family tickets are available. For more information or to buy tickets call 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk