Panto - Dick Whittington auditions

"I just want people with enthusiasm," says director Meriel Whale who’s casting this weekend for the Lewes Community Theatre’s first ever panto. "But as the script will evolve as we go along, let me know if you can juggle, play an instrument or have any unusual party tricks – we can make use of everyone’s talents."

The panto will be a production of Dick Whittington, which seems characteristically tongue-in-cheek of Lewes to put on a show about someone who famously went to London when so many Londoners are heading in our direction. Auditions for all parts - including Dick - are open to absolutely everyone over the age of seven. ‘We’re a community theatre, and it’s important we represent the community. So no matter what age you are, or whether you’ve acted before, we’d love you to get involved.’ And they don’t just need principal actors and bit-part players, they also need costume makers, set designers, raffle organisers, lighting and sound assistants, ticket sellers, programme designers and sponsors. ‘If you play a major character, then you’ll need to be available for rehearsals a couple of times a week, but if you can only spare a day or two, there are still plenty of ways of getting involved.’ They would also welcome an offer of a free rehearsal space.

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