HI HO, hi ho, it’s off to the Pavilion we go, after the Rhyl theatre launched it’s Christmas pantomime last week.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves will be thrilling Christmas crowds in Rhyl this year, starring Coronation Street favourite Tupele Dorgu as the Wicked Queen, starring opposite children’s TV star Amy Thompson as the title character.
The show’s run of 42 performances begins on December 9, and Tupele, who won the nation’s affections as loudmouth Kelly Crabtree, in the ITV soap, said she was looking forward to her role as one of panto’s best baddies.
“I’m looking forward to going on stage and having people boo me. I won’t be pleased if I don’t have any hisses!” she said.
“They are a lot of fun. When you do a run like this it becomes second nature, but you can do the same show every night and every show will be different.
Also appearing is Andy Jones, who returns after a show-stealing performance as Smee in last year’s production of Peter Pan.
The Buckley born comedian told The Journal that he could not wait to get back on the Rhyl stage, which he described as one of the best he’s ever played in his 30 year career in entertainment.
“I enjoyed it so much the first time,” he said. “It’s such a friendly stage, when your out there you can just feel the warmth. I only live in Buckley, so it’s great to be home for Christmas!”
Also joining the cast is Dougles Mounce as Nursie, as well as the famous Seven
Dwarves, including panto veteran Glynn Jones and local newcomer James Lusted.
“The Pavilion don’t use children to play the part of the dwarfs - they always use proper dwarfs. I think it brings an extra bit of magic,” Glynn said.
James said: “This is my first panto, so I’m not sure what to expect. It feels fantastic to start quite close to home. I’ll be acting where I’ve been sitting for the last 20 years. I never thought I’d be in it (the theatre). I dreamed about it and now I’m here.
Theatre manager Gareth Owen said that he was looking forward to opening night.
“It’s important to do it right and well,” he said. “Our panto has quality to it, and because of that quality, 25,000 people come and see us each year for the last 15 years.”
The Journal also caught up with show producer Martin Dodd, who was looking forward to seeing twelve month’s hard work come to life on opening night.
“Panto for us is a year round obsession - we’ve already started planning next year’s,” he said.
“We’re champing at the bit to get everyone into rehearsals. It’s a fantastic cast this year, and Snow White’s a great title. To get Tupele is brilliant and Andy was a big hit last year, so I’m glad he’s come back. Amy is a proper actress, she can sing, she can dance, she can do the whole lot.”
The Journal will be bringing you interviews with all the stars of the show in the weeks building up to the opening night.
Tickets are priced from £7 to £15.50, with bookings available by visiting the Pavilion Box Office or calling on 01745 330 000.