The glitter and magic of Pantoland made a fleeting visit to the Fylde, as the Ugly Sisters set Cinderella to work.
The family favourite will be staged at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion for the festive season.
Ahead of the show, the cast came to town for photo calls at the theatre, as well as calling in to the Victoria Hospital’s children’s ward.
Back with the Polka Dot Productions’ panto team this year is local lad Jack Wealthall.
The South Shore actor played the title role of Aladdin in last year’s Lowther pantomime, with the name Jack Bradley, but instead of the romantic role, this time he’s playing Dandini, Prince Charming’s companion.
“It’s more a comedy role than Aladdin last year, who was a bit serious,” he said. “I can engage with the audience more – which I’m looking forward to, although it will be a challenge. There will be fewer lines to learn too, and I can make the most of that.
“But I love this theatre and the surrounding community, which is very supportive of its local theatre, so it’s really nice to be back.”
Making her Fylde coast debut this year is Emma Wilson, although she’s an experienced hand when it comes to Cinderella, as it’s her third year with Polka Dot as the hard-done-by girl.
“I’m excited to be in Lytham,” she said. “It seems lovely, with the theatre right between the sea and the park.
“Working with new people mixes it up, especially when it’s a role you’ve played before, but you always end up really close as a cast because it’s so full on when you’re in panto.”
And while her character may be a ‘know-it-all’, Annabelle Davis will in fact have a lot to learn, as she’s making her professional debut – fresh from second year studies at top stage school Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
“I have always done panto since I was really young, and the first professional panto I did was Cinderella as a child, so it’s strange that my first professional one as an adult is Cinderella too,” she said.
* Cinderella, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Thursday, December 10 to Wednesday, December 30. Call (01253) 794221 or visit www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk to book.