SEARCH FOR A STAR: A search for Yorkshire Children to appear in Christmas Pantomime


A leading theatre company based in Leeds is looking for Yorkshire children appear in their Christmas pantomime this year.

On Stage Productions is to stage Dick Whittington and His Cat at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall in November and is seeking talented youngsters, aged four to six, to form the youth chorus.

This is such a great opportunity for Yorkshire youngsters to experience the world of theatre and performance, said co-Founder and Principal Liz Coggins.

They will get the chance to experience rehearsals, take  part in training and special pantomime workshops to enhance their performance skills – all alongside industry professionals

All the principal actors in the show are adults with professional experience.

Scarborough’s Dale Ibbetson is playing the lead comedy role of Idle Jack for the fifth year; he is regular comic in professional pantomimes throughout the North of England.

The Principal Boy is played by Eloise Peniston; Eloise joined On Stage Academy some 13 years ago aged five and is now on the staff as a trainee teacher and in her final year of drama school.

The production team is also made up of industry experts in technical, costume, hair, make-up and dance.

“On Stage Productions was co-founded by the late Chris Fox – one of the most renowned Pantomime Dames in the country, said Liz.

“He started his extensive theatrical career as a child and believed that a young person’s first experience of theatre should be a magical one. He also believed in Pantomime as an art form, and as a company we still embody those ethics today.

Rehearsals start in early October and budding stars will rehearse every Saturday afternoon at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds City Centre; it is expected that more rehearsals will be required in the run up to the production.

If you have a young star in the family let On Stage Productions know by emailing [email protected]

Dick Whittington and His Cat is at City Varieties Music Hall on Saturday 10th November at 2pm and 7pm.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £19.60.

Book online at

or call Box Office on 0113 243 0808


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