Young stars of the future have been busy auditioning for a part in Fleet ’s second professional pantomime.

After the overwhelming success of Dick Whittington, the town’s first fully professional panto last year, The Harlington has again teamed up with Tastic Entertainment to produce what promises to be an even bigger Christmas production of Cinderella.

More than 130 children attended a special day of auditions at The Harlington on Sunday (May 18).

Amanda Goldthorpe-Hall, who wrote, directed and played the part of Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington, said they went very well.

“We saw some really spectacular talent this time round,” she added. “We had some great singers as well as some great dancers.

“We did more of a workshop format, so there was lots of singing, dancing and acting and hopefully everyone who came along had a fantastic experience.

“There were certainly lots of smiling faces and very happy children.”

A total of 36 juniors and four seniors were chosen by Amanda, choreographer Victoria Quincey, who played Alice in Dick Whittington, and musical director Michael Webborn.

Harlington general manager and pantomime co-producer, Alex Robins, said: "The young performers had plenty to do during Dick Whittington and it’s expected that they’ll be kept just as busy during Cinderella.

“You would usually expect to see the juvenile cast in dance routines throughout the show, but we were always keen to give them the very best opportunity to be fully involved alongside the professional actors, so they also get to sing and have lines to say. For this reason they need to be multi-talented.”

Mr Robins said he did not want anybody to feel they had failed or to lose heart if they were not picked.

“It’s important that they have a positive experience and go away determined to keep working hard and to try again,” he added. “Learning to keep positive when it doesn’t go your way and using these experiences to get better is one of the most important life lessons anybody can learn.”

Everyone auditioning got a voucher for a free ticket to the show, which runs from December 10 to January 1. Tickets can be booked on 01252 811009.