Auditions for Treasure Island at the Waterworks Players

The Waterworks Players next production is Treasure Island, a British pantomime to celebrate the holiday season.  Beloved by children and adults alike, pantomimes are as much a part of the holiday season throughout the British Isles as singing carols, trimming the tree, and exchanging presents.  As a popular form of theater, British pantomime combines song, dance, and slapstick comedy that are loosely based on traditional children’s stories.

Auditions will be held on Sunday and Monday, October 20th & 21st at the Waterworks Theater starting at 7.30 pm. Performers should be comfortable performing for children, interacting with the audience, and singing (though the singing does not have to be accomplished – if you can sing in the shower, you can do this).  We need a cast of 15.  There are many roles for both males and females who are 18 years and older. The show runs December 6th, 7th & 8th.  Help is also needed behind the scenes. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Waterworks Players at 434-392-3452 or info@waterworksplayers.org. The show will be directed by Mary Jo Stockton.

In case you are unfamiliar with pantomimes, they are theatrical productions predominantly aimed at children that are based on a popular fairy tale or folk legend. Pantomimes have a number of conventions that are unique to this theater form.  For example, the leading male juvenile character is traditionally played by a young woman, while an older woman is usually played by a man.  There are lines containing double meaning, often wringing innuendo out of innocent phrases. Audience participation is also encouraged.  Everyone joins in singing songs and hissing the villain.

Come out and be part of this holiday tradition for Southside Virginia!