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Children in Theatre

From the Audition to Working in Professional Theatre - A Guide for Children and Their Parents

Jo Hawes

Oberon Books


“The logical structure of Jo Hawes's guide gives the reader a real sense of clear direction...As well as being a stage manager, this author is also a mother, casting director and chaperone; all of which helps make her writing focused and relevant...The top tips she gives throughout and the way she quashes many of the rumors and much of the gossip that often revolves around showbiz industry provides a real breath of fresh air...The narrative shows passion and care throughout. The anecdotes balance humanity with a huge degree of specialist knowledge.” –Drama Magazine


“Makes a splendid job of debunking many of the mysteries in what, for many parents and children, is a very strange, unknown world…it’s evidently written from the heart…excellent” –The Stage


Performing children have a very special existence which sometimes sets them apart from their peers. Parents are often excluded from this world but are expected to support them all the way. There is very little authoritative advice on how to cope and what to expect. This book will help children and their parents navigate their way through all of this: to advise, guide, inform and demystify the wonderful world of live theatre. Packed full of practical advice and information on all aspects of the life of a child actor, it is written by the leading children’s casting director and administrator in the UK, who has worked on many large shows including Oliver!, Shrek, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Matilda.


Jo Hawes is the leading children’s casting director in the UK. After training as a stage manager at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art she became a Children’s Casting Director. In the last 17 years she has worked on over 75 major productions including Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Shrek, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and many others. In 2010 Jo began giving Masterclasses in the Art of Auditioning and she has taught many hundreds of children all over the UK.


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