Hundreds of budding young performers auditioned for parts in this year’s Christmas pantomime – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre.
The theatre was looking for intermediary and senior dancers, as well as the titular dwarfs, and about 200 young people turned up at the theatre on Sunday.
Christine Murphy, from the theatre, said: “One hundred young dancers got through the auditions.
“They were aged under 12, many as young as six and seven. The dwarfs will be played by teenagers.”
She said 130 young people from Kettering will have a part in the pantomime.
Michaela Cox, from Hammond Family Pantomimes, said: “We had a great response and we were really pleased to see many faces from last year and some excellent new talent.The standards in Kettering are very high and we were pleased to be able to offer so many of them a part.”
This year’s pantomime stars Strictly Come Dancing favourite Russell Grant as the Astrologer Royal.
The theatre also welcomes back children’s favourite Sean Rollason, who played Smee last year in Peter Pan, returning as Muddles.
Michaela added: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a dazzling fairytale of a pantomime guaranteed to melt everyone’s hearts.
“It features spectacular sets, sparkling costumes, sensational songs, dazzling dance routines and bags of audience participation.
“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is guaranteed to be full of wonder and fun to delight audiences of all ages.
“There are some fantastic savings to be made on tickets booked before Thursday, October 31.”