Young Male Actors Wanted for Peter Pan at the Grand Opera House

Auditions for the roles in this year's Christmas panto production are to be held on September 9

Belfast's Grand Opera House plays host to arguably Northern Ireland's biggest pantomime each year, with record audiences making for a fairytale ending to its most recent production of Cinderella.

This Christmas the historic venue on Great Victoria Street is giving local children the opportunity to take centre stage as the magical tale of Peter Pan comes to life from Saturday, December 2 to Sunday, January 14.

Grand Opera House and Qdos Entertainment are after four young boys to perform the roles of Michael and John Darling, the two siblings who travel to Neverland with along with their sister Wendy in the original story which has been adapted for stage and screen countless times.

Auditions are to be held at the Grand Opera House on Saturday, September 9, with candidates having to be a minimum of eight years old as well as being no more than 4’6” tall for the role of Michael and no more than 4’8” tall for John. Those successful will need to be available for rehearsals and performances throughout the show's six-week run. A monologue, poem or rhyme should be prepared to present at the audition, while those hoping to land the parts may also be required to read a short excerpt from the script.

Executive Producer, Jonathan Kiley said: 'This is a terrific opportunity for four young people to join the cast of Peter Pan on the iconic Grand Opera House and to star alongside the Queen of pantomime May McFettridge, and Coronation Street’s Claire King. We have two roles available, those of Wendy’s brothers Michael and John, and we will be looking for two boys to play each of the parts in rotation throughout the pantomime run.'

Registration forms should be returned to the Grand Opera House by 5.00pm on Wednesday, September 6. These can be downloaded from www.goh.co.uk/audition. Over half of tickets for the panto's run have already been sold. To book yours go to www.goh.co.uk/peter-pan.