Wanted - children with the X-factor for traditional Christmas show

Neil Hurst and Harriet Payne in the new panto, Beauty and the Beast at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Neil Hurst and Harriet Payne in the new panto, Beauty and the Beast at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax
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Youngsters with star quality are being invited to go on a Christmas adventure in this year’s Halifax panto Dick Whittington.

Imagine Theatre, the team behind this year’s festive show, is on the look-out for talented young performers to sign up as ‘panto babes’.

Dick Whittington, an all-time family favourite, will run from Saturday, December 14 to Saturday, January 4.

Steve Boden, producer of the show, said: “Auditioning for the panto is always a lot of fun but it’s also a real challenge as we see so much talent!

“We are looking for children with the X-factor - that something special that makes them stand out from the crowd. They need to be bubbly, confident and great dancers who are prepared to work hard- as well as having lots of fun.”

Children who are interested in taking part should be aged between nine and 16. They are invited to show off their fancy footwork and audition at the Victoria Theatre on Sunday, September 15 at 9.45am for a 10am start.

This year’s panto stars Halifax’s favourite comedian Neil Hurst as Idle Jack.

It will be his fifth Halifax panto and he has worked out that he will notch up his 500th appearance on the Victoria Theatre stage during the run.

He said: ““I just love panto. Christmas is my favourite time of the year - any excuse to be very loud, very silly and get very messy!

“The best thing is that you’re never 100 per cent sure what’s going to happen next. Every performance is different, it really keeps you on your toes.”

The show is already shaping up to be bigger and better than last year’s magical performance of Beauty and the Beast.

In the panto, the hero Dick Whittington sets out on a journey to London in search of fame and fortune.

Once there though he discovers that the streets are overrun with rats who terrorise the town night and day. With the help of his trusty cat, some hilarious antics from Dame Sarah the Cook and her son Idle Jack and a spectacular voyage to the shores of Morocco, Dick soon manages to rid London of the rats and become Lord Mayor.

Preparations are now in full swing and the show promises a great story, lavish costumes, spectacular sets and bags of knockabout comedy.

Tickets are now on sale and early booking is recommended.

For more information on the auditions or to book tickets for the show contact the box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk