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03 OCTOBER 2005

ENTERTAINMENT: Panto is looking for the lost boys EVER fancied being a lost boy or an Indian living in the magical world of Neverland?
This year's Cresset pantomime, Peter Pan, is appealing for young actors to come forward to fill those roles and possibly follow in the footsteps of one of the lead characters on the road to stardom.

The Evening Telegraph is sponsoring the pantomime at the Bretton Centre venue this year, and will be offering special readers deals in the run up the the first performance including free child seats for certain performances.

The stars of the Hammond Production coming to the venue from Monday, December 19, convened for a press call on the Embankment on Wednesday.

Taking a special guest role this year is EastEnders stalwart Ulric Browne, who plays market stallholder Winston in the long-running soap.

He will be playing Captain Hook's right-hand man, Pirate Starkey. The villainous Hook himself is being played by pantomime veteran Simon Young.

Producer Paul Hammond said initial response to the pantomime had been so good that an extra two shows had been added to the schedule.

He said: "The great thing about Peter Pan is it has more of a story than many other pantomimes.

"We are also putting in a flying system so we can fly Peter Pan across the stag. There are lots of other effects we are working on."

The production is now casting its net to find young actors and actresses, aged between eight and 14, to feature as lost boys or Indians who will be known as "ET Kids".

Paul said: "The lost boys don't have to have come from dance school or drama school, they just have to be someone who is interested in going onstage, perhaps for the first time."
The casting call for the part of North American Indian girls is at 9am on Sunday, with the lost boys auditions at 11.30am.

Auditions for over-14s are at 1pm, with over-16s asked to come at 2pm.

Tickets for Peter Pan start at £11.75 for adults, £10.75 for concessions, with discount rates available for families and groups.

For more information call the box office on 01733 265705, and look out for future editions of The Evening Telegraph for more special offers.

Wendy's Fame and fortune

Jennifer Potts, who plays Wendy, was first discovered by Paul playing Serena in the Cresset's version of Fame.

Paul said: "I was invited to see the show, and when I saw Jennifer's performance I decided to give her a part in one of my other pantomimes."

Jennifer was originally from Nottingham, but has moved down to London after completing her training at the London School of Musical Theatre.

She said: "Fame was the first production I had ever done and it was a fantastic experience. It really made me get myself together and decide to go to drama school.

"I'm really looking forward to the show I think it is a fantastic story."


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