Dancers wanted for this year’s Ipswich Regent panto Sleeping Beauty

Mike McClean, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent

Mike McClean, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

Love to dance? Then Enchanted Entertainment want to see you this weekend, writes Wayne Savage.

Sheila Ferguson, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent

Sheila Ferguson, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

The company returns to the Ipswich Regent this Christmas with Sleeping Beauty from December 17– January 2.

It stars Mike “squeaky” McClean as the Jester, Ella Gilling from CBBC’s The Next Step as the Princess, soul legend Sheila Ferguson as the Wicked Fairy, BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do runner-up Keith Jack as the Prince, Town 102’s Wayne Bavin as the King and David Phipps-Davis as the Dame.

Dancers aged eight plus are invited to an open audition at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on September 25. Registration for eight-11 year olds is 9.30am, with auditions at 10am. Registration for 12-15 year olds is 12.30pm, with auditions at 1pm. Registration for over 16s is 3.30pm, with auditions at 4pm. There is no upper age limit to audition for a place.

Choreographer Kerry Blaskett said: “We’re looking for local performers with dance experience and a strong jazz technique to be our dancers in Sleeping Beauty. All those auditioning need to bring appropriate clothing and footwear on the day and also be available to rehearse every Sunday during November and December as well as for the pantomime itself.”

Ella Gilling, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent

Ella Gilling, starring in Enchanted Entertainment's panto Sleeping Beauty at the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

The panto includes 24 performances, it features the usual live band, stunning sets and costumes and plenty of audience participation.

Producer Jezz Weatherall added it’s a great opportunity for local dancers to be involved in this year’s Christmas pantomime at the Regent.

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“For this year’s show we’ve been working on a breathtaking 3D projection sequence to add some extra magic to an already dazzling panto. Audiences are also in for a real treat, with the return of funny-man Mike ‘squeaky’ McClean, who played Buttons for us in 2014 and we have some of the best singers in panto-land with the original lead singer of The Three Degrees Sheila Ferguson and runner-up on BBC1’s Any Dream Will Do Keith Jack”.

Tickets are available now and selling fast.

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