CBBC star Danny Adams looking for young comedy talent to join him on stage

Panto favourite Danny Adams has another fun challenge on his hands as he sets out to track down the region's funniest kid to fill a role in a variety show.

The star of Newcastle Theatre Royal's annual pantomime and TV show Danny & Mick - a CBBC hit with young viewers - is on the look-out for a young talent take to the stage with him at The Playhouse, Whitley Bay in September. And, given Danny's trademark brand of madcap comedy, what's billed as a 'once-in-a-lifetime' opportunity for one lucky youngster is guaranteed to be an experience filled with laughs.

Danny's brother Mick Potts co-stars in the CBBC series as well as in the annual panto where they are also joined by their dad Clive Webb - and all three of them will be performing in the upcoming Smile For A Night variety show which is to hosted at The Playhouse on September 29, in aid of the Smile For A Life children’s charity of which Danny is a patron. The line-up will also feature Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley - known as Lost Voice Guy - who is also a patron of the charity, and magician Graeme Shaw.

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And an addition to the programme is to be a young entertainer, aged 12 or under, who will perform a sketch with Danny in front of a packed audience. He will pick out his comedy protégé from video applications which can be emailed from now until the deadline of September 1.

Videos, which should be no more than a minute long, are the chance for youngsters to show off their funniest material, which can be performances of anything from impressions to jokes or even their own slapstick material. Danny said: “We want to give the chance for a new talent to break through and what better way to do this than by getting messy on stage with us!

“Over the years so many kids have asked us how they can get into showbusiness and this is their chance to experience what it’s like." And in a message to all hopefuls, he added: "To all the kids out there with dreams of being a performer - get your videos in! Show us how funny you are!”

There is also an available public slot earmarked for the end of the event, to showcase more local talent. Applications for this are open to all - musicians, singers, acrobats or whatever - and again videos, or YouTube links, can be emailed in.

The chosen winners of both sections also will be helping out a good cause as money raised by Smile For A Night, which Danny describes as a "great day of family entertainment", will go towards improving the lives of young people with disabilities and learning difficulties across the North East. Paula Gascoigne, chief executive of Smile For Life which also runs Café Beam in Gosforth, said the show's performers are giving their time and sharing their skills for free to help the good cause.

She added that Danny "will be pulling out all the stops to help make this year’s event our biggest and best yet". Video applications to join the show's line-up should be emailed to paula@smileforlife.org.uk with September 1 being the deadline for entries for children aged 12 and under.

The deadline for entries for the end-of-show public slot is earlier: August 1 and the winner of this will be decided by a panel of judges. Tickets for September's show at The Playhouse are also now on sale - see here - and are expected to sell out.