Calling all budding young stars! Lighthouse and Duncan Reeves Productions are now accepting applications from children wishing to audition to join the Young Company for this year’s feelgood family pantomime, Dick Whittington.

Children who are aged between 8 and 16 at 26 November 2018 are invited to apply to join the cast which is headed up by popular children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis.

Duncan Reeves Productions co-produce the pantomime with Lighthouse for the third year running, following the success of their productions Aladdin and Cinderella. In addition to playing the role of Dick Whittington Chris Jarvis directs and co-writes the pantomime with actor Peter Duncan.

A total of 20 children will be selected to appear in Dick Whittington between 7 and 31 December. The children will be split into two equal groups and will perform half of the total number of shows, on alternate days.

Audiences are guaranteed plenty of laughs, sparkling new scenery, great contemporary music and audience mayhem as Dick, accompanied by his acrobatic cat sets sail on a journey from Poole to Olde London Town then across the sea seeking fame and fortune.  Meet the magical Fairy Bow Bells and the hilarious Dame Dolly Donuts as you boo, cheer, laugh and sing along - and don’t let King Rat become Lord Mayor!

Applications for the Young Company auditions close on Friday 15 June. You can download an application form here.

If you're thinking of applying you might be interested to read our 5 minute Q&A with Lewis McNeil, who auditoned successfully for last year's panto Cinderella:

Hello Lewis! How old are you and which stage school do you attend?
I'm 11 years old and I study at Stagewise School for the Performing Arts.

How did you find the audition process last year? Were you nervous? What did you have to do?
It was very good and not hard, I was a little nervous all you have to do is sing a song and dance at the same time.

Had you performed in any shows before?
I have performed in the Stagewise productions of Cats, That's What I Call Stagwise and Joseph and the Amazing Techncolor Dreamcoat, where I was lucky enough to play one of the brothers.

How did you feel when you found out you were successful and were going to be appearing in Cinderella?
I got very emotional and I couldn't wait until rehearsals started in November.

Did you enjoy appearing in the panto? Did the cast make you feel welcome? What was the best thing?
Yes! It was amazing, the cast were great fun and the first show was so much fun.

What would you say to any young people who are thinking about auditioning for this year's panto?
It is so worth it, and even if you don't get through you can still be proud you auditioned.


Dick Whittington runs from Friday 7 - Monday 31 December at Lighthouse, Tickets are on sale now

Published 7 June 2018