Oscar Ward-Dutton has been a member of the Capitol Theatre Summer School for the past four years, most recently playing the role of Charlie in Our House, and continues his training at The Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre and Showdown Theatre Arts. Theo Ranganathan attends the Pauline Quirke Academy and has performed in a number of their productions including in the West End, and with his second ever audition, booked his role in the upcoming show at The Capitol Theatre. Oscar and Theo will be performing in Peter Pan at Horsham as John and Michael Darling respectively on various dates during the run from 13th December 2019 until 5th January. Sitting down with Oscar and Theo, we find out about getting their roles in The Capitol’s pantomime, their theatre training and why they recommend seeing the show.
What do you enjoy about performing in pantomime?
I love the environment. Everyone there is great and it’s always really funny.
How excited are you to be playing the role of John Darling?
Absolutely ecstatic and really happy.
If you weren’t cast in the pantomime, why would you want to watch the show?
I think pantomimes are really funny. The elements of comedy and audience participation always makes good fun.
Can you tell us about your performing arts training?
Yes, I started at The Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts in Haywards Heath, and after that, I joined Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, and after that Showdown Theatre Arts in Horsham.
What do you remember from your first role?
My first role was in Joseph. I was an ensemble member and I remember it was really fun. It was here at the Capitol Theatre, and I really enjoyed it, the dancing was amazing.
How did it feel booking the role of Michael Darling?
It was amazing, it felt really good.
How did you prepare for your audition?
I had a lot of singing lessons and practiced in dance classes.
What do you enjoy about watching pantomimes?
They’re really funny and there are loads of songs and dances, and I really enjoy all of those things.
Why do you think pantomime appeals to young audiences?
Because everyone loves fairytales, and kids enjoy the funny bits.
How is it attending The Pauline Quirke Academy?
It’s fun! Everyone is really kind and nice.
PETER PAN starts 13th December and runs until 5th January at The Capitol Theatre, Horsham (child cast vary on performances).