Star in this year's Panto!

Actors Sunday 17th September - 10am

Dancers: Sunday 24th September - 2pm - see below for details.


Production Dates: Friday 8th - Saturday 16th December 2017


Writer/Directors: Andy Burke & Steven Catterall

Musical Director: Paul Carr

Producer: Ian Robinson

Choreographer: Rebecca Dickinson

Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Joanne Callander


If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! Particularly interested in anyone over 16 who wants to set-paint, build and find unusual props, or wants to be involved in the technical side.


The Show:

The CADOS Pantomime is the biggest show in Chorley and we pride ourselves on delivering a very high standard of production every year. The Panto has been a sell-out for 6 years in a row.


Directors Andy Burke and Steven Catterall previously directed Aladdin in 2015, and have a long history with CADOS, winning NODA awards for their work. They’ve written a panto for all ages in the traditional style, which aims to be about 50-60 minutes each half and is packed full of jokes, slapstick, wordplay, songs and dances.


The Story:

The traditional panto story of Dick Whittington, an orphan who goes to London with his cat to seek his fame and fortune. He falls in love with Alice Fitzwarren but doesn’t have the money to marry her so somehow ends up sailing the high seas with his new friends, including Sarah the Cook and Silly Billy.

This is a fast-paced show, using special effects, lighting and video sequences.


ACTORS - 10am

Cast List - ALL these parts are up for grabs

3 Male

3 Female

4 either Male or Female

All cast to be 16 or over during the performance of the show.


Dick Whittington - (F) Traditional Principal Boy, singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Alice Fitzwarrren - (F) Traditional Principal Girl singing and dancing some audience interaction and comedy

Cat - (M/F) Character part feline in nature possessing of certain celebrity traits, self obsessed, narcissistic , singing.  

King Rat - (M/F) Typical Ratty panto villian, singing

Sarah The Cook (M)(Dame) - Traditional Dame character, singing, audience interaction 

Simple Simon - (M) Cook’s son. Lead comedy role - audience interaction 

Fairy Bow-bells - (F) Inelegant but tries hard trainee fairy 

Alderman/Neptune - (M) Comedy baron role, doubling as King of the Sea

Roe and Dent - (M/F) Comedy duo, good comedy timing and accents 


Audition pieces will be given out at the audition.


Any problems or any more information please feel free to contact Steven Catterall


Anyone who wants to audition for a part with singing marked next to it please bring a back track on C.D to the audition and be prepared to sing. For musical enquiries, contact Paul Carr. We advise picking a track suitable to the nature of the show i.e. fun, uplifting, aspirational.



DO read the character descriptions and be realistic about if you are right for the part to avoid disappointment!

DON’T do a half-hearted audition or just read the part – we want to see characters who are interesting and engaging, and the sort of characters we would want to spend 3 hours watching!

DO make sure you have learnt your song if you are doing a singing audition

DON’T be nervous – you’re only acting to two or three people and if you make a mistake it doesn’t matter – we’re looking to see if you could play these roles after a few months rehearsals and not that night!

DO use your reading time before the audition to plan how you are going to deliver the lines and read it out loud with other people going for roles

DON’T assume that you have it ‘in the bag’ and so don’t bother putting much into your audition – we want to see your performance

DON’T assume someone else has it ‘in the bag’ - it comes down to performances on the day and how everyone fits together

DO choose a song that shows off your vocal range and lets you really sell the song – if you can sing high or low, have a good belt or a great pop voice then pick a song that lets us know about it!

DON’T just stand there – move around the stage and use your body language and gestures to sell your performance

DO have a go! If you fancy trying out then don’t assume that everyone will be better than you – it might be that you are just the person we are looking for!




Dancers audition

Date: Sunday 24th September

Time: 2pm start (Registration from 1.30pm)


Do you want to be a dancer in this years’ Pantomime?

Then come along to the auditions on Sunday 24th September 2017 at Chorley Little Theatre.


Registration from 1.30pm, starting at 2pm (aiming to be finished by 4.30pm).

If you are aged between 6 and 16, and believe you can act, sing and dance then we would like to see you there. Formal dance training is preferred but not necessary.


Please ensure you are available for all the performance dates and the week prior before auditioning. If you are not available for all dates, you may not be considered.


Please ensure you dress appropriately and bring dance shoes and adequate drinks as you will be dancing throughout the audition period. Parents / Guardian must remain with any child under the age of 16 throughout the audition day.


For any further information please contact Rebecca Dickinson, Choreographer, on 07521 977707 or state your interest through our Facebook event!


This year's Pantomime is sponsored by Adactus Housing.