Pantomime Audition Songs for Pantomime Villain

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Audition Songs for Pantomime Villians
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Pantomime villians include the Wicked Queen in Snow White, or the Ugly Sisters, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Baron HardUp from Cinderella, King Rat from Dick Whittington or the Evil Abanazar from Aladdin.

This character usually gets booed and hissed everytime they enter on and off stage and they are always overthrown at the end. In fact the more boos you get, the better you have done your job! Vocal ability will probably be less important when auditioning to play the villain, more emphasis will be on getting the boo’s and hisses, and your ability to ad-lib and interact with the audience.
  • Hocus Pocus is a 1993 film starring Bette Midler. In it a family of witches, known as the Sanderson Sisters, are inadvertently resurrected by a teenager.
    Midler sings a version of the classic song ‘I Put A Spell On You’ when the witches are at a Halloween party and enchant the adults to dance until they die.
    This version of the song is perfect for auditioning to play the baddie or witch in pantomimes.
  • “Bad” is a song by Michael Jackson.
    Jackson describes the song in his biog: “‘Bad’ is a song about the street. It’s about this kid from a bad neighborhood who gets to go away to a private school. He comes back to the old neighborhood when he’s on a break from school and the kids from the neighborhood start giving him trouble. He sings, ‘I’m bad, you’re bad, who’s bad, who’s the best?’ He’s saying when you’re strong and good, then you’re bad.”
    Sing this very much tongue-in-cheek and pop in some funny dance moves and this could be a great villian audition song for a pantomime!
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” is a 1979 song by English rock group Queen, featured on their 1978 album Jazz.
    The song is always in adverts, tv programmes and films. It was even voted the best driving song ever by viewers of BBC’s Top Gear!
    It would make a great villian ‘crazy with his/her power’ song!
  • “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1975, dont confuse it with the 1958 Elvis song ‘Trouble’!
    The male narrator of the song is a musician who performs various dance halls as a source of income, especially during late-night hours.
    During the middle of his performance at one particular hall, he notices a rather attractive female entering the hall by herself without a guest. The male then begins to boast about the female’s obvious quality and features as an attempt to catch her attention.
    Fiddle about with the lyrics and the meaning of the song (you’re allowed to, its Panto!) and you could have a really fun audition song!
  • Bugsy Malone is a 1976 musical film, directed by Alan Parker. Set in 1929 New York City, the film is based on events in NYC from the Prohibition era, specifically the exploits of gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran, as dramatized in cinema. Featuring only child actors.
    ‘Bad Guys’ is sung by Fat Sam’s gang and tells of how happy they are that they are the villians!
    Change the lyrics to fit a solo and you might have a perfect audition song for an over the top baddie!
  • Scrooge: The Musical is a 1992 stage musical with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. Its score and book are closely adapted from the music and screenplay of the 1970 musical film Scrooge starring Albert Finney.
    “I Hate People” is a brilliant audition song for a pantomime villain, it is simple and full of terrific lyrics and plenty of opportunity for sneering!
  • The Little Mermaid is a 1989 Disney film. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid tells the story of a beautiful mermaid who dreams of becoming human.
    This song introduces us to the villian of the film, Ursula – the sea witch. Ursula makes a deal with Ariel to transform her into a human for three days in exchange for Ariel’s voice
    The song combines Broadway Theatre with Burlesque and is a brilliant audition piece.