Your chance to dance on pantomime stage

The annual Derby pantomime dance auditions will take place at the Arena on September 11– so if you want to part of the all-star show make sure you go along.

The traditional  panto Cinderella will be staged at Derby Arena from December 6-January 3 and will feature top TV performers Richard Blackwood, Eilish O’Carroll (Winnie, from Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Lloyd Warbey. Directed by Alan Cohen and Choreographed by Robert Wheeler.

For the dance chorus producer Paul Holman Associates will be requiring girls aged between nine and 12 years, with a maximum height of 4’11”.

They must be at least the equivalent standard of ISTD Grade One in Ballet, Tap and Modern and following a recognised syllabus (IDTA, ISTD, RAD etc) and should also have strong performance skills.

Girls attending auditions must be accompanied and must have a valid signed parental permission form. If they are not attending with their own parent/guardian, this form can be obtained by emailing Fiona Watson on  and must be brought along on the day. Registration starts at 9am.

Those auditioning must take all relevant shoes and be prepared to stay for some hours if recalled for the final shortlist.

Successful children must be available for the whole of the rehearsal and performance period and must live within a maximum of 30 minutes travelling distance between school, home and of the Arena. They must be available for rehearsals from November 26 until the opening of the pantomime on December 6 and then be available throughout the run.

All successful applicants are subject to local education authority performance licensing. Children should only attend the auditions if accompanied by an adult able to give parental consent for participation and media coverage; however, parental consent forms may be obtained in advance to allow one adult to bring a group of children if necessary, by calling the dance co-ordinator Fiona Watson on 07783031067 or