AHOY there!

These talented young people are inviting everyone to get on board and set sail on an adventure of a lifetime this Christmas.

The trio are part of the young company spreading some festive magic in the Octagon's biggest production of the year ­— Treasure Island.

And just like the country's much loved celebrities up and down the country, they are busy rehearsing for what is theatreland's busiest time of the year.

The theatre put out a call for adventurous young buccaneers to take part in open auditions, to give everyone a chance to be part of a professional production.

Scores of nine-to-18-year-olds put themselves forward to play the roles of the Pirates and ensemble ­— and 24 young stars were chosen.

Treasure Island Director Tim Jackson said: “We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for young actors to be a part of the production. The level of talent and professionalism from the whole young company is astounding and they bring so much energy to the show. For some it is their first time in a professional production, so to see their confidence grow throughout rehearsals is wonderful. There are lots of stars of the future right here in Bolton!”

Among them is Dior Boardman, who at the age of just 10-years-old has received her first big break.

She said: "I had auditioned for shows before and this is my first Octagon show.

"I was so excited when I found out, I couldn't believe it.

"I am really enjoying the rehearsals."

The talented youngster is certainly in good company, starring alongside other children who are already making a name for themselves on the stage.

William Grunstein and Bea Glancy have both appeared in previous Octagon productions.

William, aged 13, has starred in five productions, including Gulliver's Travels and the Octagon's biggest Christmas production to date, A Christmas Carol.

"It's our fourth rehearsal and it is going well and audiences can expect a really good production with music and dance."

He added: "It is really good to be part of a Christmas production."

Bea, aged 13, played Glinda in last year's Octagon's festive production.

She said: "It is such a thrill and an great experience being in a Christmas production. I was Wizard of Oz, I really enjoyed it and am really enjoying the rehearsals for this production. We have met the cast and they are really nice."

The young cast will be starring alongside a professional cast including Eastenders star Ami Okumura-Jones, as they tell the classic tale of buccaneers and buried gold.

Treasure Island will run from December 5 to December 28 in the Premier Suite at the University of Bolton Stadium. For more information ring or visit the Octagon Box Office on 01204 520661 or visit octagonbolton.co.uk.

The show is suitable for ages five years and over.