Huge queues formed outside Worthing's Pavilion Theatre at 11am last Sunday, where parents and guardians brought their boys along to audition for this year's Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan.

It was announced that Paul Holman Associates and Worthing Theatres would be holding open auditions for the roles of John and Michael Darling, as well as The Lost Boys in their pantomime this year, with 3 teams needed for the run, 18 places were up for grabs. As well as singing, dancing and acting, the brothers John and Michael will also be required to fly in the production.

Not only would the successful children gain a valuable credit on their acting CVs, this also presented the opportunity for them to perform in front of thousands of people across the run as the Pavilion Theatre can sit up to 900 per performance. They will be alongside stars such as TV entertainer Richard McCourt (Dick n Dom), West End actress and pop singer Amelia Lily (American Idiot), singer Lloyd Daniels (X Factor) and stand up comedian Patrick Monahan.

With 40 boys aged 9 to 15 attending the auditions, a tough decision had to be made as to who was chosen. Nick from Paul Holman Associates says "I was so pleased with the number of parents that brought their children to the auditions, we had so many excellent personalities and performances, so it made our decision very difficult to narrow down! We can't wait to get started in rehearsals now and hope you can join us in Worthing over the festive period when we open in December".

The boys will begin their rehearsals on 21 November and the show runs from 2 December 2016 to 8 January 2017. Last year's production Cinderella was recorded as the highest-selling pantomime in the history of Worthing Theatres.

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Stephen Sheldrake: Press & Media Officer for Worthing Theatres
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The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan
Date:    2 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
Time:   Various
Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX
Price:   £12.50 - £26.50
Box office: 01903 206 206 or online at
(Auditions took place at the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday 11 September 2016)