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.


AUDITION NOTICE: “Seasons Greetings” by Alan Ayckbourn.

Production Dates October 23rd to 28th at Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Lane CHORLEY.

Director, Kath Ashworth,   Producer, Barry Ashworth,    SM, Siobhan Edge   ASM, Ceire Edge, 

Audition Dates  Sunday JULY 23rd  10am to 1pm

Audition pieces on the day but if you have a copy of the play contact me for page numbers Contact no 01204 699156 0r 07765365023 or 07430367005.

Rehearsal nights  WED, FRI, LATER SUN.  when cast rehearsals nights can be adapted

Cast Profiles:

Neville Bunker……30s t0 40s. More interested in tinkering with electronics than thinking about his family. Not aware that is wife is not happy.

Belinda Bunker….30 to 40s Attractive bored house wife, feels neglected.

Harvey…..60 to 70 age is definite. Robust pensioner uncle to the Bunkers. Enjoys action films and TV with aggression. Can be blunt and outspoken.

Phyllis… age 30 Plus age flexible but no younger than 30. Neville’s sister. She has a problem with alcohol and it goes on throughout the play. Well-meaning but a liability.

Bernard ….age 30plus flexible. Quiet nervous man a doctor. Long suffering husband of Phyllis who is cares for all the time, well-meaning but boring.

Eddie…. former work colleague of Neville. Age 30 plus. A great fan of Neville also neglecting his family. Tries to emulate Neville.

Pattie ….age late 20s plus. Heavily pregnant long suffering wife of Eddie also feels   neglected a bit whiny.

Rachel…. Age 30 plus older plainer sister of Belinda, a spinster and bookish.

Clive…. Age late 20s to 40. Younger than most of the cast, an author shy and reserved and a little out of his depth. He has been invited by Rachel who has a romantic interest in him which he is not really aware off.

Most ages have some flexibility except for Harvey. The characters are middle class in some ways but they are settled in their family life with their 2-4 children. No particular accents own voices 


The Bunkers always have the Christmas celebrations at their home and this year is no exception. The usual people are there including Bernard’s usual unwanted puppet show. It is a middleclass house hold with all the trimmings, but with some unfulfilled women, oblivious men and children who are never seen or heard but talked about and spoken to during the play. The three days of this Christmas are changed when a good looking interesting young man is invited by Rachel. Some of the ladies in the house have a very different emotionalf three day Christmas celebration this year, thanks to the appearance of Clive. 


Any questions contact Kath or Barry 01204 699156  We could also do with a prompt willing to attend most rehearsals and the week of the show.

(Auditions for the rest of the cast will take place in a month or so)


'The Rise And Fall of Little Voice' by Jim Cartwright 

Directed by Robert Walsh

Produced by Rachel Offord


Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September


Date and time of audition – Sunday 9th April from 10am onwards at Chorley Little Theatre


The play


Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. It is funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!


The Part

LV – Female, playing age of late teens to early twenties (you must be 16 or over to audition)

Despite being so shy and hardly ever leaving her bedroom, she can sing exactly like the big divas in her record collection. So the person playing Little Voice needs to be able to do that!


The audition process



Everyone auditioning will be asked to sing three songs from the following options:

  • Song one: ‘Goldfinger’ or ‘Big Spender’ in the style of Shirley Bassey
  • Song Two: ‘The Man That Got Away’ or ‘Get Happy’ in the style of Judy Garland
  • Song three: ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ or ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’ in the style of Marilyn Monroe


If there are a lot of people at the audition then you won’t sing the entirety of each song. If you are asked to stop before the end don’t worry! It is not a reflection of your performance. You can choose to sing with or without a backing track. If you want a backing track, please come prepared with a backing track WITHOUT VOCALS! We want to hear your voice and your voice only. If there are a lot of people at the audition then not everyone will go through to the second stage.




Stage two will include:

  • Reading of a short scene from the play.
  • Singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in the style of Judy Garland without backing track.

No matter how good the rest of the play is, if LV does not sound like Shirley Bassey/Judy Garland/Marilyn Monroe/a selection of other divas, the play does not work!


However if you:

  • Don’t sound exactly like those people YET but think that you could.
  • Haven’t tried impersonations before but have a great singing voice.
  • Fancy auditioning for a bit of fun!


Then please come down and have a go! 

For more information, contact Robert Walsh on: 

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AUDITION NOTICE (Not including the part of Little Voice) 

‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ by Jim Cartwright 


Directed by Robert Walsh

Produced by Rachel Offord


Production Dates – Monday 11th to Saturday 16th September

Date and time of audition – Sunday 14th May, 10am – 1pm


The play 

Little Voice is a modern day classic. It is a working class fairy-tale about a girl with extraordinary talent. Berated by her mother, Little Voice hides in her room locked away with her father’s old record collection. She comforts herself with perfect imitations of the likes of Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. It is only when she is ‘discovered’ by the washed up talent agent Ray Say that she is manipulated to perform for an admiring audience, which starts the downward spiral of an innocent girl. Funny, tragic and a cabaret performance all rolled into one. What’s not to like!

The audition process

Extracts of the play are provided so no preparation is needed for the day. Just turn up and give it your best!


The Parts

The part of Little Voice has already been cast, with the exceptionally talented Eleanor Anderton taking on the role. Detailed below are the parts you can audition for:




Playing age


Mari Hoff


Late 30s – 50s

Arguably the lead acting role in the play. Mari is a chain smoking, alcoholic, bubbly woman. She is past her prime and completely un-hinged. Strong performer needed with the ability to play a serious and strong comedic role.

Ray Say


40s – 50s

Main role. Ray Say is a small town celebrity. He has the swagger and confidence that attracts those who can’t see he’s a waste of space. Strong performer needed with the ability to play a serious and comedic role.



30 +

Supporting role. Mari’s neighbour. An unintelligent woman who is very loyal to Mari despite her stating that she is “too fat to be my friend.” Comedic role. 



18 – early 20s

Supporting role. Hopelessly shy young man. Can only be himself around LV. Subtle, sincere performance needed.   

Mr Boo/

Phone Man


30 +

Supporting roles. Mr Boo is the talentless but enthusiastic owner/MC of a classic northern club. Phone Man is your typical working bloke. Versatile actor needed to play both roles.


There will be a read through shortly after the audition, the date of which will be organised with the availability of the successful auditionees. Rehearsals will commence after Our House has finished its run (12th-17th June). A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at the initial read through.  


I already have a fantastic young performer for the title role, now I need a full cast of talented actors to make this an exceptional production!


For more information, contact Robert Walsh on:

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CADOS presents


‘Our House’


Script by Tim Firth, Music by Madness



Directed by Paul Carr and Mark Jones


Musical Director - Paul Carr


Choreographer / Producer - Rebecca Dickinson






Auditions on Sunday 29th January 2017 – at 1pm, at Chorley Little Theatre




This Production

Our House is a musical with music and lyrics by Madness and a book by playwright Tim Firth. The show features songs from the ska/pop band Madness, and was named after one of their popular hit singles, "Our House". Premiering at The Cambridge Theatre in 2002, Our House was the winner of the 2003 Olivier award for Best New Musical and has since gone on to tour both nationally and internationally to great acclaim.

Through the music of Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us, through a script that is packed with humour and poignancy in equal measure.

The show follows the lead character, Joe Casey, through two different pathways that his life could take following a single split second decision in a moment of madness (see what we did there?!) and the ultimate consequences of that decision as the two worlds follow their parallel paths.

This will be a high energy and exciting production so if you are not into fun then don’t attend the audition!


The Performances

Mon 12th - Sat 17th June 2017 (inclusive) – 7:30om nightly at Chorley Little Theatre (please check availability before auditioning!)


The Rehearsals

 Initially - Sundays 1pm - 4pm (from mid-February) for singing and dancing rehearsals

 Then Mon, Weds, Fri (7.30pm – 10pm) and Sundays (1pm - 4pm) to pull the whole thing together (weekdays starting mid to late April).

 A full rehearsal schedule will be issued once the production has been cast.


The Production Team
This is the strongest production team that you could assemble for a CADOS production.

Mark Jones is Artistic Director of CADOS and this will be his 12th main season production as director, with past production including ‘Pals’, ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and Blood Brothers’.

Paul Carr is the theatre’s Technical Manager but this will also be his 8th CADOS production as a director (including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “I Love You Because”) as well as having produced, musically directed or designed countless plays, pantomimes and musicals for CADOS and Chorley Youth Theatre.

Rebecca Dickinson has been dancing since the age of 8 and has choreographed numerous CADOS productions over the last 14 years.

The production will feature the usual high production standards that CADOS shows enjoy, along with a live 7-piece band.


The Auditions - Interested?

One joy of Our House is that it is hard to conceive of a cast shape in which everyone doesn’t at some point have their moment. Whilst there is a need for some characters to have strong vocal or dance abilities, anyone with the ability to hold a tune and move to a beat (and the willingness to do so!) is welcome to audition as there are parts available to suit all types. The auditions will be in three sections:

SINGING: Firstly (as the show is a musical!) there will be a singing audition for all auditionees. The singing demands of the show are different for individual characters, so first and foremost we are looking to see if you can hold a tune. Most of the Madness songs are not too tricky to sing and it doesn’t matter if some of the vocals sound ‘rough’ – in fact the notes for the show say that the ensemble numbers should sit somewhere between musical theatre and the gusto of a rugby crowd! Having said that some of the major characters (see below) will also need to be able to sing accurately to a high standard, with harmonies and good levels of dynamic control, so there are parts available for all levels of singing ability.

The singing audition piece will be a short excerpt from “It Must be Love”, with the lyrics / music for the section we are using, and MP3 files of the track and vocal guides available on the theatre website (in the audition notice event). Please note that male and female auditionees will sing ALL the audition piece – the guide tracks are just split because for the higher demand singing parts we will be looking to have people split into the short harmony parts at the end to see how well you can sing against a different tune. We will also go through these parts briefly at the audition so don’t worry if you are reading this on the Sunday morning and haven’t listened to the parts – come along anyhow!

Music for the audition pieces can be heard here:
Lyrics are downloadable on this page.


DANCING: Similarly to the singing, the parts have a variety of dance / movement demands, and if you are going for a high ability dancing part (see below) you will need to do a dance taught to you on the day, please wear appropriate dancewear and shoes. As with the singing, all auditionees will participate in a group dance piece to assess that you have ‘some’ movement (so please come appropriately dressed!)


ACTING: The final audition section will be performing short extracts from the show, provided on the day, to judge your performance ability, ability to create and maintain a character, and your ability to take direction. Make sure that you give a performance in this stage of the audition, thinking about your movement, emotion and use of voice for example, not just stood reading the lines! The play is set in the Camden area of London so an appropriate accent would be ideal but not essential.


PLEASE NOTE – This is not a youth show, and will not be matroned so therefore you must be at least 16 years old (and have left high school) to audition - and as the younger characters start at age 16 and age to early 20s during the show we are anticipating the cast to predominantly be aged 18+.


The Roles


THE ‘YOUTHS’ – start aged 16 and end the show in their early 20s High singing ability required (very high in the case of Joe and Sarah)




Dance Ability

Vocal Range






Sixteen, rough diamond but a diamond nonetheless. Large, very physically demanding part.





Girl next door, slightly more middle-class background.





Joe’s best mates, loosely related to him and taken in by Joe’s Mum. The former is a big kid who would chase sticks if you threw them, the latter a more sensitive lad with a more exposed moral nerve. Good comic timing and outgoing characters required.





Sarah’s best mates, sharp-tongued and sassy with their eyes on a way out of their lowly social beginnings. Intolerant of males, except well-bred ones.





A smiling, charming, superficially likeable force of darkness. Lead vocal for some songs (such as Baggy Trousers) but can be ‘rougher’ than the other youths.


THE ADULTS – Joe’s parents are aged 35+ with some singing required (Mid ability) – in the case of Joe’s Dad this could be mostly a ‘spoken in tune’ affair if needed. Mr Pressman is aged 30+ and only has a short sung section (similar to an ensemble member in terms of vocal demand)




Dance Ability

Vocal Range


KATH (Joe’s Mum)




Beaten down by life but never beaten, a heart the size of a house with a huge, feisty love for her family.





A man of fun and spirit who married the right woman but took the wrong path in life, died as a result, and is now desperate for his son not to repeat the pattern.





Like Reecey, except middle-aged and in control of a large company. Needs a good stage presence.


THE ENSEMBLE – Minimum of 6, but could easily be more. A range of ages and characters is acceptable for this group, which includes dancers but these should blend seamlessly with the rest. All ensemble need to be able to hold a tune but we anticipate there could be a range of vocal ability!




Dance Ability





Play a host of other characters (which could be doubled), some with solo singing lines, some without, some comedic etc. Including but not limited to Priests, Teachers, Neighbours, Security Guards, Salespeople, Policemen, Prisioners, Vegas Showfolk, Lawyers, Students, etc



Very High

Ensemble roles (as above) who also take on the more technical dance sections, and realistically need to have had formal dance training


 If anyone has any questions or queries prior to the audition then please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca on 07521 977707, or email Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.