Calling all wannabe stage princesses

Annabel Jones, who will appear as Dick Whittington in Dick Whiitington and His Wonderful Cat at Doncaster Civic Theatre.
Annabel Jones, who will appear as Dick Whittington in Dick Whiitington and His Wonderful Cat at Doncaster Civic Theatre.
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THEY’ve been doing it on the telly for years with Andrew Lloyd Webber.

But now the idea of a hunt for a leading lady for a high profile musical is set to arrive in Doncaster!

The producers of this year’s pantomime tomorrow launch a borough-wide contest for the leading lady in this Christmas’s production of Sleeping Beauty.

The winner is set to receive a chance to perform in front of thousands as Princess Briar Rose, alongside big names including former Full Monty star-turned Coronation Street actor Steve Huison.

Among those who have expressed an interest in taking part in the contest is former Miss Doncaster Annabel Jones, say the show’s producers. She was Dick Whittington at the Civic in 2008. Last time Sleeping Beauty was performed at the Civic, the title role was taken by Lisa Marie Bowman.

But you don’t have to be well known to throw your hat in the ring.

Emma-Louise Bennett, one of the show’s producers, said they hoped for a big turnout for tomorrow’s auditions at Doncaster Civic Theatre and had every confidence they would unearth a real talent in the borough.

She said: “There is always bags of undiscovered talent in every region just bursting to get out. After producing more than 16 pantomimes at the Civic, we know there is a lot of talent in Doncaster!

“It’s nice to be able to bring an opportunity like this to the town, rather than have people travelling to London or Manchester.

“The ideal Panto Princess must be fully committed to creating the magic for the fairytale to come true for the audience. She must also be well disciplined and a great team player.”

She reckons she knows what the part needs, and described Sleeping Beauty as quite a feisty Princess.

She said: “Although beautiful she is not vain, spoilt rotten by her parents she can be a tad haughty and self-centred.

“She is very flirtatious, a bit of a minx and she knows how to turn on coyness and charm to get her way.

“Like all fairytale princesses she is desperate to find the man of her dreams, fall in love and marry. This girl is very intelligent and does have attitude, though not so much that she is disliked. Everyone knows how exasperated she is of her parents’ overbearing protectiveness.”

Emma-Louise reckons every girl wants to be a princess, as most children are brought up with all the classic fairytales.

She believes it is also a great opportunity for budding talent to tread the boards.

All prospective princesses must be between the age of 18 and 30, between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 6ins tall and good at singing and acting. They must also be available from November 28 to December 31, 2011.

Registration for tomorrow’s contest is at 10am at the theatre. All applicants must bring a current photograph to the audition and have prepared two songs of their own choice to sing – one ballad and one up-tempo number with their own CD backing. An audition script and CD player will be provided on the day.

n Further details are available from the Sheer Enchantment website www.sheerenchantment.co.uk/casting.