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Panto season kicks off early at Grand

Photo: David Hurst
The cast of The Grand Theatre's pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, meets the public in Stanley Park, Blackpool. 
Steve Royle speaks to Rhiana Gleave of Fleetwood

Photo: David Hurst The cast of The Grand Theatre's pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, meets the public in Stanley Park, Blackpool. Steve Royle speaks to Rhiana Gleave of Fleetwood

The summer’s almost behind you... Oh yes it is!

For despite the glorious sunshine, the Grand Theatre has celebrated the launch of its festive pantomime - Sleeping Beauty with a fun day.

Families surrounded the bandstand at Stanley Park to get a glimpse of the handsome Prince Charming, as well as Silly Billy, the Good Fairy and wicked queen Carabosse.

Stars of the show Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison and Any Dream Will Do finalist Lewis Bradley joined Grand regulars and local favourites Radio Lancashire’s Steve Royle and Radio Wave’s Hayley Kay to meet families at the theatre’s family fun day in the park.

Steve, who plays Silly Billy in this year’s panto, said: “This is my 12th year in the panto, which with the theatre celebrating 120 years means I’ve been part of it for a tenth of its life - and that makes me feel old.

“It will be a good show this year. I get to do a lot of double acts with the dame and the king.

“It’s always nice to meet the rest of the cast at the launch on a lovely sunny day rather than a cold rehearsal room in December.”

Jennifer Ellison will play wicked Carabosse - a role she’s relishing after many years playing the princesses and fairies in pantomimes.

“I was Wicked Queen in Snow White last year and I loved it, so I can’t wait to be the baddy again,” she said.

“I wasn’t sure I’d like being booed but I loved it - it’s so much more fun playing the baddy.”

Jennifer will become a mum for the third time in just a few weeks, so will be balancing the busy panto season with looking after her new baby.

“My husband and family are fantastic, so it will be fine,” she said.

Children joined in the fun dressed as their favourite pantomime princesses for the day.

Andy Gleave from Fleetwood was at the event with daughter Rhiana, and said: “We wouldn’t miss it for the world, although she is a bit miffed Sleeping Beauty wasn’t here.”

Sharon Booth-Isherwood from South Shore attended with her two children Poppy and Harrison. Poppy, dressed as Elsa from Frozen, said her favourite bit so far was ‘seeing the princesses’, while Harrison enjoyed ‘going on the bouncy castle and the plate spinning’.

Nicola Dickinson came down from Marton with her three children Jay, 11, Joe, nine, and Sophi, five - who was dressed as Cinderella in a bid to win a family ticket for the show.

 

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