Want to be a Prince?

Published: 26 February 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Do you fancy being a Prince?

If you’re at least 5ft 10in tall with a playing age of 25 to 30 (tap dancing skills would be an advantage!) then you might be just the person South Shields Customs House is looking for.

On 27 March, the venue is holding open auditions for the role of the Prince in its next panto, Snow White.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, who co-writes, directs and stars in the show, said, “last year, we held an open casting for the role of Beauty; Annie Guy was chosen and was a fantastic Principal Girl.

“This year, we are looking for our Principal Boy and hope to unearth another fabulous talent. We are heading for another record-breaking year and this is an amazing opportunity for someone to join our panto family.”

Snow White was the first panto to be performed at The Customs House in 1994 and is being brought back as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations from 27 November 2019 to 5 January 2020.

Last year’s show, Beauty and the Beast, broke box office records and has been nominated for three Great British Panto Awards: Best Comic (David John Hopper—Arbuthnot), Best Pantomime Animal (Charlie Raine—Cutlet) and Best Staging and Set (Fox and Shriek).

The open audition will take place in the main auditorium at The Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields, on Wednesday 27 March from 4:00 onwards.

Aspiring Princes should bring with them a CV and a headshot and prepare two contrasting songs (to be performed a capella), a short, uplifting poem and a joke.