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Arlene Phillips launches major search to discover ten young stars for the UK premiere of A Little Princess

Arlene Phillips by Wolfgang.

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MULTI Olivier Award-winner and Tony Award nominee Arlene Phillips CBE is directing A Little Princess and is searching for her ten amazing new child stars.

Arlene Phillips said: “I am thrilled to be part of the biggest casting search for a child star since my worldwide search for the film of Annie. I am searching for ten young stars for the UK premiere of A Little Princess the musical. This will be a huge and exciting casting search for the title role of Sara Crewe and friends who will lead this production.

“The book had deep meaning for me as a child but I realise it is more relevant than ever as it touches on themes of love, loss, bullying, friendship, poverty and hope.”

Open auditions are being held by the production team with Keston & Keston Children’s Casting in London on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

A Little Princess is by Tony-nominated US composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) who will fly in to conduct the one-off semi-staged concert performance by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, with abridged narration by Brian Crawley (Violet) at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28 at 7:30pm.

The musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic childhood novel tells the story of Sara Crewe, as she is sent from her home in Africa to boarding school in London and separated from her father. As young Sara’s world is turned upside down, she must rely on her friends and imaginative powers to overcome her strict headmistress Miss Minchin and prove that every little girl deserves to be a princess.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 28 at

Full casting to be announced.

What is Director Arlene Phillips looking for?

Ten extraordinary girls aged between 6-14 years old (by the date of open calls) to play the roles of Sara Crewe, Becky, Lottie and friends in the UK premiere of A Little Princess.

All children must be 5’ 2’‘ or under.

All children must be exceptional and confident singers and actresses with strong movement skills.

All children must be able to commute to London (within 1 hour travel time) for rehearsal and production dates.

Children from all ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition (Schedule 9, Part 1 of the Equality Act 2010 (Occupational Requirements) applies).

The children cast must be fully available to rehearse from week commencing April 23, 2018 with the performance on May 28, 2018.

When are the auditions for Sara and her friends?

Open Auditions: Sunday March 25, 2018.

How do I register my child to audition?

To audition you must pre-register your child with Keston and Keston (Children’s Casting Directors) via The iOS App (Keston Casting- downloadable at the app store free of charge) or via the website

All children who fall within the criteria as above will be sent an invite with full information, preparation material and the location for the audition. Children must present this email to be permitted into the building.

Where will the auditions be held?

Auditions will be held in London. The audition location will be disclosed by email after pre-registration to ensure child protection and a lovely audition experience for all.

What if I have any another questions?

Please email