The Wizard of Oz at Pratts Bottom Dramatic Society Readthrough and Casting Call

Although Beckenham Theatre is on the move and the old theatre building on Bromley Road has closed, theatre in Bromley is now emerging from the pandemic and shows are being prepared elsewhere for Christmas and 2022.

Mike Darbon, who directed Beckenham Theatre’s last panto, Aladdin in 2019, has been asked to direct Pratts Bottom Dramatic Society’s next pantomime – The Wizard of Oz – and all members of BTC, especially those that love doing pantomimes are invited to come along to an open readthrough on Wednesday, 1st September and the open auditions being held on the 13th and 15th September. Performances are at the end of January 2022.

The full announcement from Pratts Bottom DS, and who to contact in the first instance, follows below or you can go to the link to their website for more details.


Pratts Bottom Dramatics Society is holding open auditions for their January 2022 panto. All abilities and ages are welcome. We are looking for lead characters, singers, chorus, and dancers to bring Dorothy’s dream to life!

We are hosting a read-through on the 1st September at 7.30 pm at Pratts Bottom Primary School, Hookwood Road, Pratts Bottom, Orpington BR6 7NX where you will be able to get a feel for the script and take home some audition pieces.

Open auditions are on 13th and 15th September at 7.30 pm also at Pratts Bottom Primary School.

We will begin rehearsals on the 20th of September and rehearse Monday and Wednesdays at 7.30 pm.

Below are some of the characters you might be interested in:

  • Dorothy Gale
  • Farmhand
  • Englebert, King of the Munchkins
  • Glinda, the Good Witch of the North
  • The Wicked Witch of the West
  • Riff Raff, Slave to the Wicked Witch
  • Scarecrow
  • Tin Man
  • Cowardly Lion
  • Gatekeeper
  • Palace Guard
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Chorus of dancers, appearing as Munchkins, Animals, Soldiers, Monkeys, Mini-Scarecrow

Show dates:

  • January 27th – Evening
  • January 28th – Evening
  • January 29th – Matinee and Evening