Calling all young dancers

Friday 23rd August 2013

We’re looking for dancers for this year’s pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk

This is your chance to be part of Nottingham’s famous Playhouse pantomime, working alongside professional actors with choreographer/Assistant Director Adele Parry and Director/dame Kenneth Alan Taylor.

Nottingham Playhouse will be holding open auditions in order to select two teams of eight children to appear onstage as chorus/dancers.

To avoid disappointment please check that you fulfil the requirements below; especially your age, or you will not get a licence.


  • As a guideline to be of Grade Three standard in dance. It would be useful to have some basic acrobatics, but not compulsory. To be able to respond quickly and accurately to the instructions from the choreographer.
  • To be aged between 13 (on or before 29/11/13) and 15 years (16th Birthday to be on or after 19 /1/14).
  • To be available for measurements and costume fittings after school on Tuesday 17th September or Wednesday 18th September, for fittings on 10th October and at a later date, for rehearsals from 4th November – 23rd November as required, for technical rehearsals from 25th – 29th November, and for performing between 29th November and 18th January 2014 according to a rota which will be available during the rehearsal period. Please note that due to the licensing rules the dancers will not be able to swap performances with their double in the other team.
  • There will be no payment for appearing as chorus/dancers in this production, but travel expenses can be claimed up to £3.40 per day for rehearsals and shows. You will be expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the theatre.

Please call to book a slot on 0115 947 4361 and ask for Jane Eliot-Webb or e-mail

Auditions are on the morning of Sunday 15th September at the Playhouse. The audition will last for approximately 45 minutes during which time you will be taught a couple of routines. You will need to bring ballet shoes, jazz shoes, tap shoes and appropriate dance wear.

The recall is at 2.15pm that day, Sunday 15th September, when a final choice will be made.

Photo by Robert Day. Dancers in Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.