Shawnigan auditions for New Year’s pantomime ‘Cinderella’

The Shawnigan Players have put out a casting call for their holiday season pantomime.

Actors who are up for a hilarious time, take note.

The Shawnigan Players have put out a casting call for their holiday season pantomime. Co-directors Irwin Killam and Laura Faulkner are teaming up with an eye to presenting a rollicking rendition of Cinderella.

Auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the dance studio of the Shawnigan Lake Community Centre, 2804 Shawnigan Lake Rd.

These shows, mounted in the traditional British “panto” style with outrageous characters and costumes and lively dialogue, are always crowd pleasers at Christmas.

You’ll be trying out for the parts of: Fairy Godmother (female or possibly male), Prince Charming (female or possibly male), Dandini (the prince’s valet, male), Cinderella (female), Trouble (ugly stepsister, male), Bubble (ugly stepsister, male), Baron Hardup (Cinderella’s father, male), Buttons (servant of Baron Hardup, Cinderella’s friend, male), and a palace servant (male or female).

There will also be a chorus of dancers/singers. There are no individual parts for kids but they are welcome to audition for the chorus.

All these roles require singing, according to Faulkner and Killam, so be prepared to sing at the auditions.

Some of the songs they suggest you try are: ‘Walkin’ on Sunshine’ (everyone will be singing it, but especially Dandini); ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ (everyone); ‘Fame’ (especially the ugly stepsisters); theme from Family Guy (Baron Hardup); and ‘I Know He’ll Appear’ from Shrek the musical (Cinderella).

However, if an actor wants to sing a song of their own choosing, that’s OK.

Proposed rehearsal days are Monday and Thursday evenings.

They are tentatively planning to present the pantomime from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31, with a preview the preceding week.

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