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JUNIOR DANCERS & MUNCHKINS

FOR PANTO THIS YEAR, AS WELL AS NEEDING 2 TEAMS OF JUNIOR DANCERS, I WILL BE NEEDING SOME EXTRA PUPILS (SMALLER &/OR YOUNGER) TO APPEAR AS MUNCHKINS

AUDITIONS FOR DANCERS & MUNCHKINS WILL BE ON SATURDAY JUNE 18TH AT 3PM AT THE DANCERS SCHOOL - PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR FULL INFORMATION

JUNIOR DANCERS - PUPILS WHO WANT TO AUDITION AS DANCERS WILL BE DANCING BALLET, TAP & MODERN IN THE PANTO THIS YEAR - IF YOU DO NOT DO TAP BUT WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION, PLEASE ASK ME ABOUT COMING TO A FEW JUNIOR CLASSES BEFORE THE AUDITION

MUNCHKINS - PUPILS WHO ARE ONLY PLAYING MUNCHKJINS WILL ONLY BE NEEDED AT THE THEATRE FOR THE FIRST HALF OF EACH PERFORMANCE

PERFORMING IN PANTO IS A BIG COMMITMENT, BUT REALLY ENJOYABLE FOR ALL INVOLVED.

I HAVE NEVER HAD A PUPIL IN PANTO WHO HAS NOT WANTED TO BE INVOLVED IN IT for A SECOND/THIRD OR FOURTH YEAR, WHICH SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!

READ BELOW SOME COMMENTS FROM PUPILS & PARENTS

WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED BEFORE,

TO SEE WHY THEY THINK IT IS so

WORTHWHILE:

THE WIZARD OF OZ

GORLESTON PAVILION

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7TH – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31ST  

(PLEASE CHECK PAVILION WEBSITE FOR DATES & TIMES)

 

AUDITIONS FOR JUNIOR DANCERS

SATURDAY JUNE 18TH 3PM – 4.30PM

 

DANCERS CHOSEN WILL USUALLY BE DOING 2 PERFORMANCES OF THE PANTOMIME ON THE SAME DAY. THERE WILL BE 2 SETS OF CHILDREN PERFORMING ON ALTERNATE DAYS. THE DIRECTOR WILL DECIDE WHICH TEAM PERFORMS ON WHICH DAYS.

THIS IS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR PUPILS, BUT PLEASE UNDERSTAND BEFORE THE AUDITIONS, THAT IT IS ALSO A HUGE COMMITMENT.   

IT WILL MEAN PUPILS MISS OUT ON END OF TERM ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL, SO PLEASE BE SURE THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO DO THIS, AS THEY CAN’T OPT IN AND OUT OF WHICH SHOWS THEY DO.

** MUMS OF THE DANCERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO APPLY TO BE A REGISTERED **

NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL CHAPERONE & BE AT THE THEATRE FOR AN

EQUAL SHARE OF PERFORMANCES AND REHEARSALS AT THE THEATRE

(I ASK FOR YOUR AVAILABILITY & THEN WORK OUT A ROTA WELL IN ADVANCE)

 

PUPILS WHO AUDITION MUST:

  • BE AVAILABLE FOR REHEARSALS ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 22ND – TUESDAY OCTOBER 25TH IN HALF TERM

  • BE ABLE TO ATTEND REHEARSALS AT THE THEATRE FROM MONDAY NOVEMBER 28TH - FRIDAY DECEMBER 2ND INCLUSIVE, 4PM – 7PM EVERY DAY, AS THESE ARE THE FIRST REHEARSALS WITH THE ADULT CAST

  • BE ABLE TO ATTEND AN ALL DAY REHEARSAL ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 3RD AND ALL DAY EITHER MONDAY DEC. 5TH OR TUESDAY DEC. 6TH, DEPENDING ON WHICH GROUP THEY ARE IN

 

OTHER REHEARSALS, AFTER HALF-TERM, WILL MOSTLY BE ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS LEADING UP TO THE REHEARSALS AT THE THEATRE AT THE START OF DECEMBER.

DUE TO THE DATES & TIMES OF THE PERFORMANCES, DANCERS IN THE PANTOMIME WILL OBVIOUSLY NEED TO HAVE TIME OFF SCHOOL. THIS IS DONE OFFICIALLY, APPLYING FOR A PERFORMANCE LICENCE FROM NORFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL, AND THIS HASN’T BEEN A PROBLEM WITH ANY OF THE LOCAL SCHOOLS SINCE WE’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PANTOMIME.

 

THE 2 SETS OF CHILDREN NEED TO MATCH UP PRETTY CLOSELY AS THEY SHARE ONE SET OF COSTUMES, SO THIS IS A FACTOR TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION AT AUDITIONS, AS WELL AS THEIR DANCE ABILITY, AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEIR SENSE OF PERFORMANCE.

WHAT THE PARENTS SAY:

Although on paper it may seem like a lot of hard work, being involved in Panto has been so lovely and I am really going to miss it this Christmas.  Not only do you see a huge improvement in your child's confidence with their dancing and performance, but they also have so much fun with the cast and other members of their team. As a parent it's been a privilege to be part of the backstage team when chaperoning and seeing how a professional production works.  It's a great opportunity and has made our family Christmas' really special over the last few years.

                         Such a wonderful experience for you to see your child

                         involved in such a fantastic production! Worth all the

                         running around when you see them up on stage - 

                         lovely for the whole family.

            Being a parent & helping to chaperone is really lovely.                          The girls all get on really well and seeing them all grow in

                           confidence is so nice to see. After a couple

                                performances the girls all know what they need

                                to do and when to be on stage. The senior

                                dancers are all really good as well and are

                                happy to help out when needed. 

                                Being involved with the pantomime as a

                                chaperone is a really uplifting experience. Initially

                                my thoughts were however am I going to fit it all

                                in with work, home life and everything else in the

                              run up to Christmas, but honestly there is no need

                              to worry as everyone really works as a team

                              and  helps out when needed. Jayne will make sure

                              beforehand to check your availability for

                              chaperoning duties to fit in with your busy

                              schedule. The cast and crew are always so

                              welcoming & friendly, and it's lovely to see the

                              girls doing what they love to do. I, for one, love it

                              and if it wasn't for working, would be there 

                              chaperoning at every opportunity.

WHAT THE PUPILS SAY:

I really enjoy panto because it is an amazing and fun experience. Everyone is really kind and it's amazing being on stage and performing.

My 4 seasons in Panto have allowed me to work in a professional environment, which has really improved my confidence with performing and dance.  I loved working with the professional actors and directors and it always felt like such a lovely family to be a part of.  It has been the best and most fun thing I have ever done.  I have also made lots of new friends backstage.

I have loved doing panto. It is lots of fun & you get to perform on the stage with the rest of the cast and get to know them, so you feel more comfortable being on stage with them all. You also get to do some acting as well as dancing. At first it's a bit scary but once you've done a couple of performances you don't want it to end. 

I enjoy panto because it's something I love and commit to. Also I look forward to every practice show and I'm sad when it ends. I love to get fitted for new costumes. I've made lots of new friends and everyone is happy.

It's worth all the hard work and dedication, as it's a great experience and it's very fun!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PUPILS AUDITION: