Peter Pan auditions at Regent

People queuing from the front of the Regent to beyond the Christchurch Library entrance.

Caption: People queuing from the front of the Regent to beyond the Christchurch Library entrance

Christchurch, Culture | Posted: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at 2:46 pm | return to news

244 youngsters turn up to auditions at the Regent

Christchurch High Street was packed on Sunday 15 July when 244 teenagers and children turned up to audition for Ginger Boy Productions’ Disney Peter Pan Jr.

People queuing from the front of the Regent to beyond the Christchurch Library entrance.

Caption: People queuing from the front of the Regent to beyond the Christchurch Library entrance

Auditions began at 1.30pm and the final audition was at 8.40pm.

There were 244 youngsters with their parents, totalling 400 people in all. They were waiting for the chance to audition for roles in Disney Peter Pan Jr., which is being produced at the Regent by Jo Barrington and West End Star, Earl Carpenter and his Company, Ginger Boy Productions Limited from 11-15 December.
Director, Jacquelyn Ockwell, was overwhelmed with the response from such a multi-talented set of youngsters.

“Being spoilt for choice does not even begin to describe the hard task that I and my fellow judges have been set in selecting our principals and chorus cast members. Each auditionee was asked to sing a song as part of their audition and 20% sang songs from Greatest Showman, 15% chose a song from Matilda and 10% sang a song from Peter Pan. For me, it’s not what you sing but how you sing it. I was so impressed today; thank you all so very much.”

Second round auditions for Disney Peter Pan Jr are scheduled to take place at the De La Salle Theatre at St Peter’s School on 22 July from 10am.
Because of the overwhelming response, Disney Peter Pan Jr will now have three full casts for the show, instead of just two as was originally planned.

For those who do not make it into one of the three casts, a special consolation performing arts workshop with Producer, Jo Barrington, will be arranged at the Regent at a future date and those concerned will be contacted shortly with full details.

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