Pantomime Audition Songs for a Leading Lady or Principal Girl

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Audition Songs for the female lead in Pantomime
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The female lead in a Pantomime needs to be sweet, likeable, girly and a little bit gutsy! You want all the little girls in the audience to want to be you and all the Dads in the audience to fall in love with you!

The types of roles we are talking about are Cinderella, Snow White or the Princess. The female is often the hero of the Panto and usually has a clumsy but loveable sidekick, like Buttons.

The song you need to sing probably should demonstrate your range but also your likeability and stage presence.
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” is an eighties rock song from the band Journey, which has recently become famous again thanks to its appearances in Family Guy, Rock of Ages and most importantly Glee.
    The song is probably a bit overdone nowadays, but Panto is all about what’s popular – so it makes a great audition song for a female lead.
    The song is a typical ‘panto story’, perfect for Cinderella or Snow White – a city boy and small town girl hit the mean streets in search of fame and fortune and a meaning and they never stop believing in themselves!
    Sing the song with an upbeat energy and with wide eyed innocent self belief, and enjoy it!
  • Beauty and the Beast is a musical by Alan Menken,Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. Based on the 1991 Disney film of the same name.
    Beauty and the Beast tells the story of a prince who is transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways, and an adventurous young woman named Belle whom he imprisons in his castle.
    In order to become human again, the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.
    Home was a song written for the stage musical and is sung in Act One by Belle as she mourns being trapped in the castle with a beast for the rest of her life.
    A Disney heroine makes a great role model for anyone trying out for a lead female character in a pantomime, and Home really is a beautiful song.
  • This seems to be one of the most popular audition songs for Pantomime. From the Menken and Ashman B Movie musical about a man eating plant!
    Audrey the ‘pretty blonde with a fashion sense that leans towards the tacky’ whose sadistic dentist boyfriend beats her is secretly in love with her timid co-worker Seymour and dreams of their dream 1950s life together, complete with plastic on the furniture and frozen dinners.
    This has all the elements of a great audition song, it also can be played completely straight or for laughs. It is a classic ‘I Wish’ or ‘Dreaming’ song, and only narrowly beat ‘Part of Your World’ from The Little Mermaid to make the list.
  • My Fair Lady is a musical based upon Shaw’s Pygmalion. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower seller who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady.
    The musical’s 1956 Broadway production was a hit, it was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. It has been called “the perfect musical”
    ‘Wouldn’t It Be Luverly’ is sung by Eliza in Act One when she gets some loose change thrown into her basket and she dreams of what it would be like to lead a comfortable, proper life.
    A lovely audition song for Cinderella or Snow White, or one of the more tomboy style panto heroines.
  • The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy adventure film starring Judy Garland.
    Surely I dont need to tell you what this story is? Young Dorothy Gale (played by Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions: a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion journey along the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz.
    Somewhere Over The Rainbow is the classic dreamer song, it has become a benchmark for most musicals and they will often have this kind of song near the beginning of Act One where we learn what it is the hero is dreaming, wishing or searching for.
    It is a perfect song for pantomime but everyone will already have a interpretation in their minds, so my advice really play it for the truth of the story – a young girl hoping there is more to life than what she currently knows.
  • The Sound of Music written in 1959 is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. Many songs from the musical have become standards.
    The musical tells the story of a Nun who leaves the convent to look after a widowed Captain’s seven children, she teaches the kids to sing, makes them clothes from some curtains, falls in love with the Captain and then the whole lot of them escape across the Alps from the Nazi’s! Just your average story then!
    ‘Sixteen Going On Seventeen’ is sung by the eldest of Captain Von Trapp’s children Leisl to her sweetheart Rolf.
  • Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 Disney animated musical fantasy film. It was the last fairy tale produced by Disney for some years; the studio did not return to the genre until years after Disney’s death with the release of The Little Mermaid.
    In the 14th century, the malevolent Maleficent taunts a king that his infant Aurora will fatally prick her finger on a spinning wheel before sundown on her sixteenth birthday. This, of course, would deny her a happily-ever-after with her true love. Fortunately, some bubbly, bumbling fairies named Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are on hand to assist.
    ‘Once Upon A Dream’ is sung by Aurora as she dreams of being with a Prince Charming, it is a perfect panto audition song for a soprano wanting to play the Princess. It lacks some of the ‘spunk’ of some of the other Disney heroines, but is perfectly girly.
  • The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
    What could make a better audition song to play a female lead than a song sung by Cinderella herself!
    ‘She (He) Danced With Me’ is a song sung by both Prince and Cinders when she has had to run away from the ball. When watching the video watch the first half of the song to hear Cinderella’s solo.
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car.
    Inventor Caractacus Potts acquires a run-down racing car and renovates it for his children, Jeremy and Jemima. The car, christened Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, now has the ability to fly, and takes the Potts and their friend, Truly Scrumptious on an exciting adventure.
    ‘Lovely Lonely Man’ is sung by Truly Scrumptious when she realises she has fallen in love with Caractacus. Its a very sweet song and shows off great vocal ability.
  • The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
    What could make a better audition song to play a female lead than a song sung by Cinderella herself!
    “I Can’t Fight The Melody” is sung near the end of the movie, when Cinders thinks she has lost the Prince for good. She is living in exile and remembering the happy times and how she still dreams of her time with Prince Edward.
    The song is a typical, girlish love song which would work perfectly for a loved and lost heroine!
  • “Who You Are” is a song by British singer-songwriter Jessie J from the album of the same name.
    Jessie explained the song’s meaning as “I kind of lost myself. It’s very personal. It’s about being true to yourself. Don’t lose yourself in any situation you’re put in, and do the dew.”
    The song is powerful and really shows off vocal ability, the video itself is a real showstopper, so give it a watch.
  • “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a song originally performed by Mariah Carey.
    An uptempo love song with more than a smattering of Christmas the instrumentation includes bell chimes!
    The song’s lyrics declare that the protagonist does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be united with her lover for the holidays.
    If you can match Mariah’s vocal gymnastics then give this one a go, it really can be a tour de force!
  • The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
    What could make a better audition song to play a female lead than a song sung by Cinderella herself!
    ‘Once I Was Loved’ is sung by Cinderella as she finds some comfort in remembering happier times, whilst gathering flowers for her parents’ grave. The song is hopeful and heartfelt whilst allowing for emotion to come through and break the audience’s hearts.
  • The Slipper and the Rose is a 1976 British musical film retelling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.
    What could make a better audition song to play a female lead than a song sung by Cinderella herself!
    ‘Suddenly It Happens’ is a song sung by Cinders when thanks to the Fairy Godmother she is able to go to the ball. The song is both upbeat and romantic, and full of wide eyed hope and innocence.
Remember to have fun and be as girly as you like! It is for Panto! …. oh no it isn’t …. oh, yes it is!!