244 Youngsters turn up at the Regent for Auditions for Ginger Boy Productions’ Disney Peter Pan Jr

High Street packed outside Regent with budding Peter Pans, Wendys and a few Captain Hooks

Auditions began at 1.30pm on Sunday 15 July and the final audition was at 8.40pm!


At a time when it is being said that High Streets around the country are getting deserted, Christchurch certainly bucked the trend on Sunday 15 July. Christchurch High Street was teeming with teenagers and youngsters, patiently waiting with their parents outside the Regent to audition for Disney Peter Pan Jr



The queue, numbering 244 youngsters with their parents, totalling 400 people in all, snaked down the High Street from the front of the Regent to beyond the Christchurch Library entrance. They were waiting for the chance to audition for plum roles in Disney Peter Pan Jr., which is being produced at the Regent by Jo Barrington and West End Star, Earl Carpenter and his Company, Ginger Boy Productions Limited from 11 – 15 December.

Shunning rival attractions that afternoon that included the gorgeous weather, the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final, the World Cup Final and the opening weekend of the critically acclaimed family film blockbuster, The Incredibles 2, the budding Peter Pans, Wendys and a few Captain Hooks, chose the chance of stardom in this major production. Auditions began at the Regent at 1.30pm on Sunday 15 July and did not finish until 8.40pm!

Director, Jacquelyn Ockwell, was overwhelmed with the response from such a multi-talented set of youngsters. “Being spoilt for choice does not even begin to describe the hard task that I and my fellow judges have been set in selecting our principals and chorus cast members. Each auditionee was asked to sing a song as part of their audition and 20% sang songs from Greatest Showman, 15% chose a song from Matilda and 10% sang a song from Peter Pan. For me it’s not what you sing but how you sing it but I was so impressed today, thank you all so very much.”



Second round auditions for Disney Peter Pan Jr, for those lucky enough to have been selected, are scheduled to take place at the De La Salle Theatre at St Peter’s School on Sunday 22 July from 10am.

Because of the overwhelming response, Disney Peter Pan Jr will now have three full casts for the show, instead of just two as was originally planned. For those who do not make it into one of the three casts, a special consolation performing arts workshop with Producer, Jo Barrington, will be arranged at the Regent at a future date and those concerned will be contacted shortly with full details