There were tears, There were smiles. And there were some tough decisions to be made.
But the dancers who attended Panto Factor auditions at the Grove Theatre on Saturday proved that Dunstable’s got talent and that Dick Whittington will be one cracker of a Christmas show.
Choreographer Kerry Turner of Magic Beans Pantomimes said: “We were so pleased with the turn-out for the Grove’s first-ever open dance auditions.
“We saw well over 150 dancers, of whom 50 have been cast. They’ll be performing in teams and rehearsals start at the end of next month.”
She added: “We’ve found some really gifted dancers and can’t wait to get started.”
Theatre spokesman Adrian Gilmartin said: “Magic Beans were looking for talented perfomers to play the role of the ensemble alongside Leslie Grantham – arguably TV’s greatest villain, Dirty Den from EastEnders – and Ryan Moloney, Toadfish from Neighbours.”
He said the atmosphere was full of nervous excitement as wide-eyed chidlren, anxious parents and wannabe panto stars waited to be seen: “The competition was hot and the talent was strong but the numbers were whittled down until the final teams were chosen.”
There are call backs this weekend for the lead role of Dick Whittington.
The winner will be announced at a grand finale next Thursday (September 26). You could be there as the eight finalists battle it out, X Factor style, with tickets at just £5 each.
Dick Whittington runs from December 13 to January 5.
Tickets are available from the box office on 01582 602080 or online at www.grovetheatre.co.uk