Apply now for kids' panto auditions

Published: 19 July 2021

Junior Ensemble on stage in Peter Pan

The Junior Ensemble on stage in Peter Pan, Derby's 2019 pantomime

The search is on for talented kids who want to join the cast of Sleeping Beauty, this year’s Derby pantomime.

Little Wolf Entertainment are seeking kids bursting with energy and personality to appear on stage at Derby Arena with professional actors – including former Eastenders star Rita Simons as the wicked Carabosse!

Auditions are open to boys and girls aged 9 – 16 who can act, sing and dance, although previous theatre experience is not essential. So if your mini star has had to press the snooze button on performing for the last year or so, this could be their chance to shine!

Being part of the Junior Ensemble is amazing but involves a lot of rehearsals and commitment. Find out more and apply at The closing date for applications is Friday 30 July. Those who are 16 will need to be in Year 11 at school at the time of the performances.

Audition day is Sunday 15 August and, in a change to previous years, applicants need to register online, after which they will be given a time slot for a small group session. There is no need to prepare anything in advance. Every child will get the chance to showcase their acting, dancing and singing skills and should come prepared to have lots of fun!

You’ll need to be free for rehearsals from 18 November onwards, with performances from 10 December to 8 January.

Morgan Brind and Alan Bowles from Derby-based Little Wolf Entertainment said:

Every year we’re wowed by just how talented the children of Derby are and we can’t wait to meet them on audition day! Make sure you apply before 30 July – if you snooze, you lose!

Councillor Ross McCristal, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism and Wellbeing said:

Being part of the Junior Ensemble is an incredible opportunity, and I would urge all the budding young performers in Derby to give it a go. I wish you all the best of luck.

Sleeping Beauty is a Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment production, and is supported by our media partner Smooth Radio.

Tickets are on sale now from Derby LIVE, with prices ranging from £14.75 to £32.75, depending on the performance. Concessions are available. Early birds can get a discount of £2 per ticket if they book by Sunday 31 Oct 2021. Tickets to our VIP Meet the Cast night after the 6.30pm show on Saturday 18 December are an additional £20 for adults, £12 concessions, and include a programme and access to an exclusive post-show drinks reception with a chance to meet the cast.

Book your pantomime tickets online at or call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800.

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