The call is out for local dancers and actors to take to the stage and audition for Stuart Morrison's pantomime extravaganza 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'.

The theatrical try-outs take place on Saturday, August 20th, at the Hebrides Dance & Wellbeing Studio at Stornoway Golf Club, and for further information, or to confirm attendance, panto hopefuls are asked to email dance tutor and choreographer Kirstie Anderson at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“We have more interest in the panto every year,” said Kirstie. “The competition is tough but the dancers who are selected have a great time and learn so much working with a professional company.

“It's a really exciting opportunity and we urge anyone who loves dancing to consider giving it a go. Get in touch to find out more or register to audition.”

With this year's pantomime retelling the popular fairytale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, there will be an 'Acting Dwarves' audition slot at 4pm on Saturday.

Senior Dancer auditions take place at 2pm, and Junior Dancer try-outs at 3pm.

And the talented locals who make it successfully through the audition process have the chance to share the stage with some of the entertainment world's big names, including Coronation Street star Nick Cochrane, best known for his long-standing role as Andy McDonald.

Nick played Andy on 'The Street' for several years and has also made guest appearances on TV shows like Loose Women, The South Bank Show, and Celebrity Eggheads.

He's a regular presenter on radio, talking nationally on talkSPORT; and his previous panto outings have included Jack and The Beanstalk, Aladdin and Cinderella.

Also in the cast for the Stuart Morrison production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is actress Kim Taylforth, who fans of ITV's 'Bad Girls' will recognise as character Marilyn Fenner.

Kim first came to Stornoway in 2011, performing in Stuart's panto Robin Hood, and previous panto stints have included Snow White, Beauty & The Beast, and Babes in the Wood.

The sister of fellow actress Gillian Taylforth, Kim trained at the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and had her first television appearance aged 15 on Steptoe & Son.

She went on to star in shows like Minder and London's Burning, as well as mockumentary Operation Good Guys and soap opera Family Affairs. 

And two more well-known faces are set to grace the An Lanntair stage for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves – The Gadget Show's David McClelland and one of the UK's top panto dames, David Rumelle.

A journalist, broadcaster and technology expert, McClelland is the resident consumer champion on BBC 1's Rip of Britain and a regular on ITV's Good Morning Britain, as well as presenting The Gadget Show.

And actor, singer and writer David Rumelle regularly appears in music hall and one-man shows, concerts and cabarets, and has taken on the mantle of panto dame for over 20 years.

No stranger to the stage, musical appearances by Rumelle include the Sound of Music, the Magic of Gilbert and Sullivan, and in the role of Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show.

He's also appeared on television in shows like Soldier Soldier; Miss Marple – The Cracked Mirror; 2.4 Children, and Minder.

The Stuart Morrison panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is being sponsored by the Co-operative Store on Macaulay Road, Stornoway, which is providing financial assistance for travel as well as equipment required by the panto cast throughout their stay.

Co-op Manager, Steven Cooper, said: “We've sponsored the panto for the past few years and we're committed to helping again this year.

“We're more than happy to support the pantomime as it's important to us to support local community events.”