Wellingborough pantomime group still hoping to use Castle theatre for 2017 show

A production by Wellingborough Pantomime Society back in 2011
A production by Wellingborough Pantomime Society back in 2011

A pantomime society is pushing ahead with plans for its annual post-Christmas show despite uncertainty over a theatre’s future.

Next year will be Wellingborough Pantomime Society’s 50th anniversary and it is hoping to mark the occasion in style with a ‘lavish’ production of the classic tale of Cinderella.

The future of The Castle theatre remains unclear

The future of The Castle theatre remains unclear

The group is hoping to stage this at The Castle, although it comes at a time when the future of the theatre is unknown.

The Castle (Wellingborough) Ltd was placed in administration after Wellingborough Council terminated its contract in March with six months’ notice.

It is still unclear how the situation will be resolved, with the administrators due to report back to creditors this week.

But despite this, the group is set to hold auditions for the show next month while awaiting news on who or how the theatre will be run in the future.

Roger Osborne from the society said: “Wellingborough Pantomime Society is to go ahead with plans for a lavish 50th anniversary show of Cinderella at The Castle in Wellingborough in January 2017.

“Old and new names all welcome.

“The main auditions are on Sunday, July 3.”

Anyone interested in being part of the chorus can go along to the auditions at 2pm on July 3 or go along at 2.45pm on the same day to audition for a principal role.

The auditions will be at All Hallows Church hall in Market Square, Wellingborough.

Auditions for the dancers are being held on Friday, July 8.

Juniors of eight years upwards can register at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Seniors of 14 years upwards can register at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The pantomime will be directed by Barry McIlroy and the choreography will be by Kim Mallows.

Mr Osborne added: “We need to let people know that we are forging ahead to carry on next January.”

For more information about auditioning for the show, call Anita Osborne on 07973 432718 or send an email to anita.osborne@hotmail.co.uk.