Monday 18 December 2017

Hopefuls with a good head for heights chase 'Peter Pan' roles

Thomas Delany (9), from Clondalkin, and Harry Behan (9), from Drimnagh, at the 'Peter Pan' auditions in the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin
Thomas Delany (9), from Clondalkin, and Harry Behan (9), from Drimnagh, at the 'Peter Pan' auditions in the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

WHEN it comes to playing at being Peter Pan in the fantasy world of Neverland a good head for heights is of the utmost importance.

Judges were yesterday quizzing the final shortlist of 263 boys who auditioned in Dublin for a part in the World Premiere of 'Peter Pan' to ensure any of their phobias do not involve whizzing through the air high above a stagefloor.

"It is going to be a fun and spectacular show. Judges are checking to make sure none of the boys would be scared about flying," one of the organisers explained yesterday.

The modern-day take on the tale of Peter Pan, as the boy who never grew up, will involve flying sequences across the stage, a brand new musical score and a sprinkling of all the original cast such as the Lost Boys, and pirates.

The judges have whittled the huge group that turned up to audition for a part as one of the Lost Boys or as Michael Darling down to around 30.

The producers were seeking boys aged between 7 and 14 and less than 4ft 6in in height.

"The boys who auditioned were of a very high calibre," the organiser added.

They are now checking with parents that the chosen ones would be available from June 20 until August 6 next and would have a passport to travel to the UK for rehearsals for up to two weeks.

They will cast two teams of 10 Lost Boys and three to four Michael Darlings, who travels with Peter to Neverland. The musical will be staged at the Grand Canal Theatre from Friday, July 15, until August 6.

Irish Independent

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