Apply to be part of the Cinderella panto support cast

Apply to be part of the Cinderella panto support cast

Play to the Crowd – the arts and education charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, Hat Fair and Playmakers community engagement work – is looking for support cast members for this year’s family pantomime.

Cinderella tells the rags to riches story of a servant girl who is magically transformed into a beautiful princess who goes to the ball to meet a handsome prince.

But, as the clock strikes midnight the magic fades and she must leave, commencing the prince’s search for his princess – with the help of her lost glass slipper, of course!

The charity, which produces the theatre’s annual pantomime, wants to hear from local performers with dance experience – who are also keen on acting and singing – who want to volunteer as support cast members and work with the professional actors in the show, which this year runs from Thursday 30 November to Monday 1 January 2024.

This is a great opportunity for those who want to broaden their performance and industry experience and work with established professionals.

The pantomime – which typically attracts over 18,000 people to the theatre each year – will once again be brought to life by the same team behind past pantomimes, including 2019/20’s beloved Dick Whittington and last season’s record-breaking Wizard of Oz.

Applications to become a support cast member are welcome from anyone aged over 16. There is no upper age limit. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 June – with full details about the auditions sent out as invitations to successful applicants.

Following the auditions, support cast members will need to be available for the rehearsal period in the autumn and must be available to be a member of one of two teams –each team will perform half of the total 57 shows, on alternating days. Support cast members may also need to take part in promotional events and social media coverage before or during the pantomime’s run.

A full list of rehearsals and performances will be made available at the auditions.

To apply to become a support cast member, please visit:

Alternatively, if you would find it easier to express your interest by another means (e.g. video, recorded audio etc.), please contact Valerie Skaf at:, who will be happy to support you – and give any more information relating to this opportunity.

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