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The cast of Wizard Of Oz, heading to Fleetwood Marine Hall in December

The cast of Wizard Of Oz, heading to Fleetwood Marine Hall in December

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It may be the height of summer, but that doesn’t stop thoughts turning to panto 
season... Oh no it doesn’t.

The cast of Fleetwood 
Marine Hall’s Christmas pantomime have had their first get together.

Heading up the cast is soap star Chris Simmons, best known for pounding the beat on ITV’s The Bill for 10 years, playing the Scarecrow in 
Wizard Of Oz.

Joining him will be 
Lucinda Rhodes, known for appearances in Harry and Cosh, Cavegirl and Dream Team.

Away from the stage, 
Lucinda runs an independent film company with her husband, who will also be on the Yellow Brick Road to Oz on the crew for the panto.

“It’s great to have that mix and variety, of independent film making and panto,” she said.

“But I love panto, it’s the best time of the year; you’re making people smile and making their Christmas for them.

“Last year I was the wicked queen in Snow White, so I’m looking forward to playing Glinda and everyone liking me again.

“In general, I like a comedy role, but I really don’t mind.

“It’s lovely to get to meet the cast, and not all that strange to be doing it in the summer.

“You’re cast for panto in February, which gives you lots of time for things like press launches and photo shoots.”

Chris Simmons, who grew up in Gravesend, Kent, made his name as DC Mickey Webb on The Bill, but he has also appeared in EastEnders and in CBBC’s Tracy Beaker.

He said: “I’m delighted to be in the Marine Hall Christmas panto this year, it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

There’s fun for all the family promised in Wizard Of Oz, Dorothy befriends the scarecrow, a loveable tin man and the cowardly lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the wicked witch of the west. With a little help from Glinda the good fairy and the almighty and powerful wizard of Oz, good is sure to conquer evil.

Tickets are on sale now costing £8.50. The show runs from December 10 to 13, various times. Visit www.marinehall.co.uk or call the box office on 01253 887693.