Do you want to be in this year’s Pantomime? Then come along to our Beauty and The Beast cast auditions on Sunday 16thSeptember at 1:30pm!

Production Dates: Friday 14th - Saturday 22th December 2018 

Director: Zoe Duffin-Jones

Musical Director:Amy Hardcastle

Producer and Choreographer:Rebecca Dickinson

Assistant Choreographer: Cara Jones

Costume: Sandra Dickinson
Stage Manager: Mike Taylor 

If you would like to join the crew in any capacity, please let us know! We are 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 Director: 

Director Zoe Duffin-Jones has been a long standing member of CADOS since the age of 6, having danced and acted numerous musicals, pantomimes and plays. She made her directing debut in 2014 with ‘Shakers’, to go on with ‘Talking Heads’ in 2015 and then in 2016 the hit production of ‘The Railway Children.’  Now she’s back directing this year’s panto, which is packed full of jokes, comedy , slapstick, songs and dances.

The Story:

The classic fairy-tale gets a pantomime twist, a castle full of curious characters and mystery following local girl Belle on her adventure, will she find true love?

All cast MUST be 17 or over during the performance of the show.

For more information please contact Zoe Duffin-Jones on 07447 452488 or via email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone who wants to audition for a part with singing marked next to it please bring a back track on CD or device (iPod etc.) to the audition and be prepared to sing.

For musical enquiries, contact Amy Hardcastle on 07724 851227. We advise you chose a track suitable to the nature of the show i.e. fun, uplifting, aspirational.

Audition pieces will be given out at the audition.

KEY:

S - Singing required within the show and therefore singing audition will be required (as above)

D = Dancing within the show.  M= Movement within the show(i.e. finale routine)

All age ranges are guides only.  Don’t let them put you off auditioning as we are looking for someone who is right for the part, even if that means being flexible on the age.

 Available parts:

Age

   

Belle (F) Traditional principal girl. Spirited and a strong character. Strong singer required and the ability to dance.

17+

S

D

Snowy White (F) Traditional pantomime fairy. Needs good audience interactions and a strong singing voice.

17+

S

D

Prince Sebastian/The Beast (M) A strong character and good singing voice needed.

17+

S

D

The Wicked Witch (F) Traditional pantomime baddie.

25+

 

M

Jean (M) pronounced ‘John’- fancies himself and Belle. (Think Lord Flashheart in Blackadder). Comedy duo with David. Singing required.

17-30

S

D

David (M) pronounced ‘Daved’. Camp. Comedy duo with Jean. Singing required.

17-30

S

D

Papa (M) Belle’s father

40+

 

M

Front-End (M/F) front of the pantomime horse- comedy role (Think Stan Laurel)

17+

 

M

Back-End (M/F) back of the pantomime horse- comedy role (Think Oliver Hardy)

17+

 

M

Tick (M/F) the clock. Character along the lines of Sid James. Singing required.

20+

S

D

Spark (M/F) the candlestick. Character along the lines of Leslie Phillips. Singing required.

20+

S

D

Mrs Spout (M) Traditional pantomime dame. Must have good audience interactions. Singing required.

30+

S

D

Freya & Alice (F) The dame’s daughters- will be cast from dancers- not required to attend cast acting auditions.

 

 

D

 


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

Then come along to the auditions on Saturday 15th September 2018at Chorley Little Theatre.

Registration from 8.50am, starting at 9am (aiming to be finished by 12pm).

If you are aged over 6 years old, 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 mustremain with any child (including those aged 16 and still at school) throughout the audition day.

For any further information please contact Rebecca Dickinson, Choreographer, on

07521 977707 or state your interest through our Facebook event!


GOLDEN RULES FOR AUDITIONS!

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!

 

AUDITION NOTICE:

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME by Terry Wynn. Directed by Steve Unsworth

Auditions: Sunday 24th June, 11am - 1pm (registration from 10.30am)

Production: Monday 15th - Saturday 20th October

Message from the director: Although the theme appears to be heavily rugby based, it isn’t really; it’s a play about community, social injustice, belief and values – it’s very human... there’s not a rugby move in sight! Although I have my own clear ideas, I want to encourage an ensemble piece where we all have ownership, where the actors (where possible) provide the music, manage the scene changes, and so on. Rehearsals are to be negotiated once the cast are in place. Any questions.....drop me a line or give me a ring

The Play A new play, laced with Northern wit, about sporting apartheid in the North of England. Set in the period from 1980 to 1995 it shows how a young man is prevented from playing for his club team because he has played another sport. It displays the prejudice of the Rugby Football Union to those who played Rugby League and as time moves on shows the fight to beat this attitude of Twickenham’s “Old Farts”. Some of the dialogue is taken from the book "Rugby's Class War" by David Hinchliffe, one of the MPs who were prominent in creating the environment that led the RFU to make changes to their discriminatory rules that had been enshrined for 100 years.

The cast:

Jason, whom the story revolves around. At University in York, where he has gained his LL.B and is now studying for his Law Society Finals. Plays fly half for a top Yorkshire Rugby Union club. Age 22 in 1980

Doreen, his mother, typical Wiganer, always ready to speak her mind. Recently widowed, matey with Vera and they follow Wigan Rugby League team.

Vera, her pal, strong northern woman, same age as Doreen, early forties in 1980.

Kathleen, On the opposite side of the fence to Doreen and Vera when it comes to church politics, and politics in general as she is also a committed Conservative. She is also the church organist and a St Helens supporter.

Derek, the Minister of the church. In 1980 he is a young, lively, bloke-next-door type. Wears jeans, short sleeved clerical shirt and clerical collar. Becoming more conservatively dressed as the years pass. Not local to Wigan, originating from the Wirral. Knows nothing about rugby of any kind. He leads a lively congregation, keen on singing and has a good choir. Unfortunately he is saddled with an ageing building that is in desperate need of costly repairs.

Peter, the church caretaker and resident cynic, except when it comes to Rugby League. Speaks with a broad Wigan accent. Age 50ish in 1980. This character has some of the wittiest lines and is well featured in the play.

George, the rugby prop forward who always leads the singing in the changing rooms. Lawyer but rough as a badgers bum. Middle class Yorkshire man. Age 30 in 1980. Sings quite a lot and is a central character.

Simon, at 19 the youngest member of the rugby team, well educated but naïve in the politics of the club. Only appears in first half.

The Coach, in his 50’s, tough and ruthless. Only appears in scene 6.

Roger Stott MP. Only appears in the second half. Age mid 30’s in 1980.

Gerald Kauffman MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Hearing. Only appears in scene 12. Depending on cast availability this could be played by The Coach.

Four Witnesses at the hearing in scene 12; depending on cast availability could be played by the Simon, George, Derek and Peter cast members.

Please note: It is envisaged that all cast members can sing (please prepare to sing ‘Abide With Me’ and ‘Jerusalem’ for audition)

For a copy of the script please email Steve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he’ll send an electronic copy. He can also be contacted on 07758243651 or on Facebook/Messenger

Probable Audition sections

Doreen – speech p110-111
Kathleen – mono p 60
Jason/George/Simon – p 18 – 20
Peter – 75 – 76 (re comic timing)
Derek/Peter – p 6/7......add Doreen/Vera/Kathleen p 7-9

Vera/Doreen/Derek/Kathleen/Peter – p38 – 42
Simon/George/Derek/Peter/Coach – ability to play a witness in last scene too...so change of vocal and physicality needed – for audition all will present p 111 Witness 4 speech

Be My Baby Audition Notice

Audition Date- Sunday 18th March 2018 

Audition Time- 10am

Written by Amanda Whittington                                                    

Directed by Rebecca Dickinson                                                                    

The Production dates:

Monday 11th June -Saturday 16th June 2018 inclusive

Please ensure you are available for all dates (including the week before for dress rehearsals) before auditioning.

The Storyline:

The central character of this play a 19-year-old girl called Mary. Her mother (Mrs. Adams) discovers that Mary is seven months pregnant and sends her to a religious mother-baby home. Other pregnant girls staying at the home are Queenie, Norma and Dolores. Queenie is a street-smart girl with a past; Dolores is a dreamer, whilst Norma is not very bright. Each of them is forced to come to terms with their pregnancy, and through the time that they spend at the home, not only do they learn a little bit about pregnancy but the four girls also become great friends, bonding over songs by The Ronettes and The Dixie Cups. 

The Cast (all female). Please note ages are that of the character – anyone over 16 can audition.

Mary, 19

Initially quiet and shy but grows in confidence. A dreamer. Must be able to sing in tune.*

Approx. 350 lines

Dolores, 17

Not very bright. Does not fully understand her situation. Dreams of a future with her baby.*

Approx. 150 lines

Norma, 20

Naïve and vulnerable. Must be able to show a range of emotions including distress from hallucinations. *

Approx. 90 lines

Queenie, 20

Street-smart with a past. Aspires to be a singer one day. Bold and witty character.*

Approx. 240 lines

Mrs Adams, 35+

Mother to Mary. Anxious and timid lady who just wants the best for her daughter.

Approx. 120 lines

Matron, 40+

Matron of St Saviour’s. Firm but fair matron to the girls with a softer side seen at times.

Approx. 230 lines

 

*For those auditioning for Mary, Dolores, Norma or Queenie, you will be required to sing the first verse and chorus of either Be My Baby, The Ronettes, or Chapel of Love, The Dixie Cups.

For more information and to express your interest please contact Rebecca Dickinson via Facebook, on 07521 977707 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AUDITION NOTICE:

LAST TANGO IN WHITBY by Mike Harding. Directed by Kath Ashworth

Auditions: Sunday 1st July, 11am - 1pm

Production: Monday 3rd - Saturday 8th September

Rehearsals: start in July - Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Sundays later in August. All speaking cast must be available the two dress rehearsals. If you have limited available time for rehearsals please think before you audition

Synopsis:
Written by Mike Hardy and first produced in 1990. It tells the story of the annual trip of a group of 50+ mainly senior citizens to spend a weekend in a hotel in Whitby. They all seem to be good friends and have been coming and enjoying this trip for a few years. The party consists of couples and single people, mainly women. This year is quite sad as Pat a regular has recently been widowed and is trying to make the best of this weekend. On arriving at the hotel we find the entertainment is provided by Phil and Edna a couple in a seemingly loveless marriage, and Pat’s weekend takes an unexpected turn when Cupid arrives in Whitby. Her friends however are not happy with the unfolding events.

All principle characters are in the 50+ age group and are a lively group of characters some singing and dancing is involved, but nothing too strenuous.

There are a group of 9 principle characters. 3 Males and 6 Females but I would like about 4 extra cast members who will be extras and help with some scene changing.

Characters:
KATHLEEN: Can be bossy and opinionated.
JOAN: Jimmy’s wife can be a bit saucy and loud.
MAUREEN: Opinionated and can be a bit old fashioned in her attitude will double up as Mrs Mingham the hotel house keeper.
PAT: Quite sad at first but gets romantic with Phil and blossoms.
JESSIE: Appears to be a bit special but is really quite timid and easily manipulated. However there is a brave soul inside.
EDNA: Phil’s wife in a a marriage that is making he unhappy due to circumstances in the past, not a happy person can be quite curt.
JIMMY: Always seems to be the life and soul of the party in charge of the ale and everyone having a good time. Quite a caring person.
HENRY: A know all always relating his army years and knows everything and is not afraid to offer his” pennyworth”
PHIL: May have been a minor entertainer back in the day. Quite a charismatic character particularly with some of the ladies. Some ballroom dancing needed.


We also need 1 Male 20 to 30 and 2 female cast members 18 to 20 to play several small speaking and non-speaking roles. Come on the audition day to let me know if you are interested. (A kissing cuddling couple will be necessary for two of the roles.)


Contact : Kath Ashworth Director 01204 699156, 07340367005, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can message me on Face Book.

Producer, Barry Ashworth, SM, Jackie Green, Sets by Shaun McManus, Lighting & Sound, Paul Carr
Costume, Sandra Dickinson

Guards Guards! AUDITION NOTICE

Adapted by Stephen Briggs from the Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett

Venue: Chorley Little Theatre

Performance Dates: Mon 23rd – Sat 28th April 2018 inclusive

Auditions Date: Sun 14th January 2018 @ 1pm

Directed by Keya Edge and Paul Carr

Produced by Jackie Green

The Story:

The play is based on one of the 41 Discworld books by Terry Pratchett, which have sold around 85m copies but don’t worry if you’ve never read one or haven't heard of Discworld because you don’t need to know anything about the books to be able to audition or follow the show (even Paul has no idea what’s going on!)

Discworld consists of a large disc resting on the backs of four huge elephants which are in turn standing on the back of an enormous turtle, named Great A'Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. Pratchett’s books take the reader into a whole new world of fantasy, and that’s exactly what we are going to do too!

In “Guards Guards!”, the infamous city of Ankh-Morpork is under threat from a 60-foot fire-breathing dragon, summoned by a secret society of malcontent tradesmen in order to rule the city. Defending Ankh-Morpork against this threat is the underpaid, undervalued City Night Watch – consisting of a drunken and world-weary Captain Vimes, a cowardly and overweight Sergeant Colon, a small opportunistic Corporal Nobbs (of dubious parentage) ...and their newest recruit, Lance Constable Carrot, who is upright, literal, law-abiding and keen.

Aiding them in their fight for truth, justice and the Ankh-Morporkian way, are a small swamp dragon called Errol, Lady Ramkin and the Librarian of Unseen University (who just happens to be an orang-utan!) This unlikely band of misfits need to defeat the dragon, restore order to Ankh-Morpork, and preferably doing all this without having to do anything too strenuous!

Auditions:

Auditions are open to anyone of any experience and you can just turn up on the day but it may help if you let us know in advance via the contacts at the end of this notice (especially if you want to see audition pieces ahead of time). Alternatively, register on our Facebook event here.

We will release audition pieces ahead of the auditions through this group so that you can prepare for your audition and get familiar with the pieces ahead of time – giving you more scope in the audition to concentrate on the performance rather than just reading the lines. You DO NOT need to have learnt the audition pieces (and they will be provided again on the day) but please do familiarise yourself with them so that we are not seeing you reading ‘cold’.

Click here to download the Audition Pieces (remember, we're not expecting you to learn them off-by-heart but being familiar will help). 

The format will be closed auditions but as the play is an ensemble piece we may ask you to read against other auditionees to get a feel for the dynamics between different actors. We are aiming to try and be in a position to cast the show on the audition day so if you are going to have any difficulty with the date or time them please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate seeing you before the main auditions so that you can be considered.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsals will begin in late January and will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights – possibly with the addition of Sunday afternoons as we get closer to the show. Evening rehearsals are typically from 7:30pm until 10pm and schedules can be worked around known absences if needed – not everyone will be needed at every rehearsal.

Staging:

The staging for the show is simple yet relatively complex, incorporating dragons, orangutans, skeletons, fantastical scenery and special effects – and the CADOS technical team are pulling out all the stops to create Pratchett’s fantasy world onstage. Medieval style costume and bizarre props will all help to make this show one to remember!

Characters:

PLEASE NOTE – All cast are to be aged 18+ (though some may be playing younger) and ages of many characters are given as a guide only. Many could be played as significantly older or younger depending on how the casting goes. (If you’re not sure if you will fit a part then please ask!)

 

Character

Male / Female

and approx. (guideline!) playing ages

Approx. Lines

Carrot

M 16

122

Captain Vimes

M 45

229

Lupine Wonse

M 35

140

Corporal Nobbs

M/F 40s

99

Sergeant Colon

M/F 50s

78

Lady Sybil Ramkin

F 45

74

Footnote

M/F

20 (mini paragraphs)

Librarian

M/F

28 ‘ook’s! - nonspeaking

Brother Plasterer / Patrician / Voice at Door

M 40+

96

Brother Fingers / Archchancellor

M 30+

35

Brother Doorkeeper / Chief Assassin

M/F 30+

30

Brother Watchtower / First Worthy

M/F

45

Brother Dunnykin / Second Worthy

M/F

25

Chorus 1 (Carrot’s Dad, Zebbo Mooty, First Warrior, First Citizen, Bunting Carrier, First Guard)

M 30+

60

Chorus 2 (Knowlessman, Urdo Van Pew, Second Warrior, Second Citizen, Servant, Second Guard)

M/F 30+

33

Death / C.M.O.T. Dibbler

M 45+

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Some additional details about some of the characters (as written in the Pratchett novel) are given below as a guide, but we are interested in seeing your own take on the roles as well

Carrot             Red hair (a wig will be acceptable!) is a dwarf, for he was adopted and raised by dwarfs, so needs to be tall(ish - taller than Nobby). His human name "Carrot" describes his shape, not his red hair. Carrot is the most consciously and conscientiously law-abiding citizen in Ankh-Morpork. Having been brought up in dwarf culture, Carrot takes everything literally and believes in obeying rules. He isn’t stupid, just very enthusiastic.

Captain Vimes             Captain of the (useless) Night Watch, Sam Vimes is by nature an extremely cynical person. His first impression upon meeting someone is that they're guilty of something. Equally, he is known to be an angry person. Vimes is far from being perfect, and he knows the fact better than anyone. A drunk man who slowly sobers up during the play to help save the day. A strong character, who is a little fed up, but deep down cares deeply for Ankh-Morpork

Lupine Wonse            An ambitious man, he advanced upwards from his poor roots to become chief secretary to the Patrician. Slimy character, the baddie of the plot. Sneaky and mean he runs the Brethren whilst also being the chief secretary to the Patrician, and is the ‘brains’ behind summoning the dragon

Lady Sybil Ramkin            In appearance Lady Sybil is a strong woman with a large build. She is one of the notable breeders of swamp dragons. Her house includes a pen-house for the dragons. She is often wearing a lot of leather armour, rubber boots, thick gloves, as she works on the dragons. Posh aristocrat, falls in love with Vimes

Sergeant Colon            Lazy and over weight and has been described as looking something like a pork butcher. Not stupid, but not fully aware of what’s going on.

Corporal Nobbs             Shorter than the average dwarf. Nobby, perhaps, should have been disqualified from the human race (for shoving). Nobby, shall we say, acquires things. He is good at ‘acquiring’ things, even though he is part of the watch. Nobby is both a romantic and a cynic. Nobby is shorter than many dwarfs, and due to a personal hygiene problem he can tarnish and corrode any metal near him. He lodges many half-smoked cigarettes behind his ears. Cleverly stupid, bit of a geezer.

Librarian            The Librarian is a faculty member, and so he must have once been a human wizard. A strong wave of magic, altering reality, transformed the Librarian into an orang-utan. After things settled down, the Librarian's colleagues found that he liked being an orang-utan, and fought all efforts to transform him back to human. All the Librarian ever utters is 'oook' or 'eeek'. Will be required to act like an orang-utan at all times, very physical actor needed.

Footnote            Footnote is the narrator of the piece, though is never ‘technically’ seen! They explain parts of the show as a voiceover (with some manipulation skills required!) making sure no one misses a plot point or explaining points about Pratchett’s world. This role would suit someone who is less confident at appearing onstage but has good vocal skills.

The Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night (the Brothers) are mysterious hooded characters who are a Monty Pythonesque bickering band of halfwits, and inadvertently summon a dragon that they then cannot control. Always robed and wearing masks they each need quite distinct voices to get their characters across:

Brother Plasterer: only slightly less thick than the plaster he works with

Brother Fingers: the thief, gets stuck with the crappy jobs. Always sent for the food, because he'd never mastered the art of paying for it.

Brother Doorkeeper: a jobsworth, wants to be important.

Brother Watchtower: One of the more clever (or at least not quite as stupid) members, he briefly assumed leadership of the secret society in the Supreme Grand Master's absence

Brother Dunnykin: moody, anxious and accompanied by constant muttered complaints

(The Brothers also double as a number of other key roles)

Patrician             The leader of the city. A man not to be messed with, but not the baddie. Very smart, Clever man. 

Urdo Van Pew             He is the President of the Thieves' Guild. Gets arrested by Carrot for being a thief, and doesn’t take it well. A stern man.

Death             As old as the death of the first living thing, is the anthropomorphic personification of death on the Discworld. He appears as the traditional Grim Reaper, with a skeletal body, a black robe and a scythe. Tall, not what you'd call fleshy. Death is a 7-foot-tall (but theatre trickery is wonderful!) skeleton with blue eyes and big scythe, and a very sinister deep voice (think Christopher Lee). Rides a horse called Binky. Loves cats and curry.

Dibbler             Weaselly. Dibbler always manages to make a living by selling sausages to people who have gotten sick from his sausages before. This demonstrates that he is a very good salesman. Dibbler's nickname CMOT comes from his claims along the lines of "selling this at such a low price that it's cutting me own throat". Bit of a “Del Boy”. Always trying to flog something, that is usually worthless. Con merchant.

Contact:

For more information please contact Keya or Paul through Facebook messenger or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.