The heat is on for dance roles in Freezin' Christmas panto
FUTURE stars of the stage were hoping to dance their way into one of the biggest productions coming to Dublin this Christmas as auditions for the Olympia pantomime got underway.
Massive crowds of aspiring dancers, actors and entertainers gathered to earn a spot in Freezin': The Story of the Ice Queen.
Given the title, which is inspired by the success of the recent Disney hit Frozen, it was fitting that aspiring stars and their supportive parents would have to queue from early morning in the cold October air.
"They don't mind at all. They're just really excited to be here and getting an audition, no matter what happens," said proud mam Elaine Rice, from Swords, whose daughter Leah (14) was trying out for one of the dancing roles.
"Leah's been dancing since she was four years old and took to it like a duck to water -so we don't mind queueing, despite the cold," Elaine told the Herald.
Leah was in good company with her four pals Katie Cooley (15), Suzanne Kavanagh (14), Emma Campbell (15), and Chloe Marks (18) - who are all from Swords. Chloe, who was going for a senior dancer role, auditioned last year for the Olympia Panto and was hopeful that experience would stand to her.
"There's a lot of people here, so it is difficult. I got called back for the second round last year, which was the final round."
Some were getting their first taste of it all - and there was a feeling of nerves mixed with excitement for David Pyke (10), from Old Bawn in south Dublin. But he had been given plenty of advice ahead of his debut.
"I dance with Dizzy Footwork dance academy. They told me 'just don't forget to smile', so I will have to keep that in mind. I'm nervous, but I'm looking forward to it as well," he said.
He was accompanied by friends Anna McLoughin (10) and Kayleigh (11), as well as his dad, David senior, who said: "He's definitely ready for every possibility."
Robyn Simpson (16), from Santry, believes that landing a panto role could be the start of a successful career, saying: "It'd be great to get this because it's a great opportunity."
Freezin' runs from December 18 to January 10