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Youngsters aim for role in panto

PUBLISHED: 11:01 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 05 July 2010

MORE than 100 local youngsters were put through their paces earlier this week as they were offered a chance to be a part of Marina Theatre history.

The Lowestoft theatre welcomes its first professional pantomime for almost half a century this winter and on Wednesday> UK Productions Ltd added some of the region's top local talent to the bill.

MORE than 100 local youngsters were put through their paces earlier this week as they were offered a chance to be a part of Marina Theatre history.

The Lowestoft theatre welcomes its first professional pantomime for almost half a century this winter and on Wednesday> UK Productions Ltd added some of the region's top local talent to the bill.

Students from a number of the area's performing arts schools, including Dusmagrik Productions, the Venue of Performing Arts, and June Glennie School of Dance, gathered together as they auditioned for the roles of John, Michael, the Lost Boys, the junior ensemble and senior dancers.

Amongst the producers running the rule over the talented youngsters was Peter Frosdick, originally of Gorleston.

“The children have done well and have performed to a good standard, which makes it difficult for us,” he said.

Those who successfully auditioned for the roles of John and Michael will not only be able to boast the chance of having a speaking role in the pantomime, but they will also be taking to the sky as they fly with Peter Pan in front of CGI (computer generated imagery).

The performance is set to be the biggest pantomime ever staged in Lowestoft, with a cast including former Emmerdale star Ken Farrington, GMTV's Jamie Rickers and Hollyoaks' Sarah Jane Buckley. Other principal characters have been hand-picked from the production company's musicals which are performed across the world.

“A lot of professional performances have been brought into Lowestoft in the last few years and this pantomime is extremely important for the theatre,” said Martin Halliday, Marina manager.

“They are one of the top producers in the country and we want them to stay with us for a long time.”

Mr Frosdick added: “We are delighted to come to Lowestoft. It's been getting a national name over the last few years and we want to work together for many years.

“It's a great theatre and I think the production will be fantastic.”

Peter Pan will be performed at the Marina Theatre from December 11 through to January 4. Tickets, which start from £5, are currently on sale from the box office. To book, call 01502 533200.


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