Harry Potter star Stroma set for panto

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe is the brains behind the show, which will also feature Leave it to Beaver child star Jerry Mathers and Broadway sensation Jennifer Leigh Warren, and Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas will choreograph.

The lead has yet to be announced. After months of searching California, the producers have selected 30 hopefuls who will attempt to impress celebrity judges Stroma, who plays Cormac McLaggen in the last two Potter films, and Neil Patrick Harris next week (05Oct10).

Their pick will play Cinderella when the show opens at the historic El Portal Theatre in the San Fernando Valley at the end of November (10).