Panto Young Cast

We're thrilled that Panto is returning to Macrobert this winter and so we're looking for some talented young people to join our Maw Goose Young Cast.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a highly skilled creative team who will prepare you for going on stage with a professional company. Rehearsals and performances require a high level of commitment, but you will be amazed at what you will gain from the experience.

Information on Auditions:

Date: Sun 8 May 2022

Time: You will be invited to audition between 11:00am and 4.30pm

Duration: Audition sessions will be 90 minutes

Arrival time: Please arrive no more than 15 mins before your assigned audition time.

Location: Macrobert Arts Centre

To audition, young people must:

  • Be aged between 10 and 17 years old on 1 Aug 2022
  • Enjoy singing, dancing and acting
  • Be fully available for all rehearsal and performance dates from Aug 2022 – Jan 2023 (see schedule below.)
  • Come prepared to the audition wearing loose-fitting clothes and soft shoes. Please also bring a bottle of water.
  • Submit the online registration form by 5pm on Thursday 5th of May:

    Audition Registration Form

A bit more about the auditions:

They will be very informal and above all fun.

You are not required to prepare anything in advance as you will be working in groups with the creative team.

You will be assigned a group timeslot for your audition via email.

Parents/Guardians, please note that you will not be able to sit in on the auditions and we ask that you escort your child to the audition space before leaving. You are welcome to wait in the café bar area during the audition and please make sure you are available by mobile throughout the audition time.

You may be asked to come in for a warm-up prior to the audition starting if you have not previously been a part of the Macrobert Arts Centre young cast.

Information on Fees:

Please note that there is a participation fee paid over five instalments for all successful applicants.
For 2022 the participation fee is £295, which includes an exclusive Panto Young Cast 2022 hoodie!

Participants will get over 80 hours of acting, singing and dancing tuition and dedicated rehearsal from a team of highly experienced professionals between August and October 2022. This includes a Summer Intensive, October Intensive and weekly sessions throughout the autumn. Young Cast will play a named character who will have dialogue as well as songs and dances to perform.

Following on from that the Young Cast will rehearse with the professional cast from November through to opening night, gaining insight into the experience of being a professional performer and an understanding of the standards required to follow a performance career. They will each get the invaluable experience of around 30 performances under their belt. In addition each participant will have a professionally designed and made costume, specific to their character.

The due dates of each instalment are detailed below. Please ensure payments are made promptly as you will not be allowed to take part in these sessions unless payment has been made in advance.

1 August 2022 - £60

1 September 2022 - £60

3 October 2022 - £60

1 November 2022 - £60

21 November 2022 - £55

Help with costs*

There are a limited number of bursaries available to support young people. Macrobert Arts Centre is committed to ensuring that fees do not become a barrier for any participant. To request a bursary form, please get in touch by emailing:

* NB – You may also be able to apply for individual funding to meet this cost through specific funding available in your area. Contact your local council to enquire about any potential funding opportunities. 

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule 

It is really important that if you are successful in auditions, you are committed to and are supported by your family to attend all rehearsals and performances, including the August and October rehearsal periods. We are unable to make exceptions.

Please bring a packed lunch for each full day scheduled.

Day Date Time Activity
Wednesday 10-Aug 10am - 4pm August rehearsals
Thursday 11-Aug 10am - 4pm August rehearsals
Friday 12-Aug 10am - 4pm August rehearsals
Sunday  04-Sep 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Sunday  11-Sep 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Sunday  18-Sep 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Sunday  25-Sep 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Sunday  02-Oct 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Monday 10-Oct 10am - 4pm October intensive
Tuesday 11-Oct 10am - 4pm October intensive
Wednesday 12-Oct 10am - 4pm October intensive
Thursday 13-Oct 10am - 4pm October intensive
Friday 14-Oct 10am - 4pm October intensive
Sunday  23-Oct 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Sunday  30-Oct 12pm - 4pm Sunday rehearsal
Monday 07-Nov 6pm - 8pm Full Company Rehearsal
Tuesday 08-Nov 6pm - 8pm Full Company Rehearsal
Monday 14-Nov 2pm - 6pm Full Company Rehearsal
Tuesday 15-Nov 2pm - 6pm Full Company Rehearsal
Thursday 17-Nov 2pm - 5pm Full Company Rehearsal
Friday 18-Nov 2pm - 5pm Full Company Rehearsal
Saturday 19-Nov 10am - 4pm Full Company Rehearsal
Monday 21-Nov 10am - 1pm Tech week
Monday 21-Nov 1pm - 4pm Tech week
Wednesday 23-Nov 10am - 5pm Tech week
Thursday 24-Nov 10am - 5pm Tech week
Friday 25-Nov 10am - 5pm Dress Rehearsal
Saturday 26-Nov 10am - 5pm Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 29-Nov 10am - 2pm Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday 29-Nov 3pm - 7pm Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday  30-Nov   Public Performances start
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