Helmsley Arts Centre’s Magical Fairy Tale Pantomime

by Handy Mag
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This year’s 1812 Pantomime is Cinderella by Tom Whalley and directed by Helena Fox

Final touches are under way at Helmsley Arts Centre as 1812 Theatre company prepare to stage a most magical and fun filled production of Cinderella which opens this December bringing huge festive cheer in the lead up to Christmas.

From the Christmas market place of “Helmsley of Yore” to a festival deep in the Frozen Forest and a beautiful sparkling ballroom at the Prince’s own palace, can Cinderella, Maia Charman (Captain Hook, Peter Pan) find that one magical ingredient that could bring warmth, tenderness and love into her life….can she believe in the impossible?

With a wickedly commanding performance by Kate Cawte as her Evil Stepmother, and  wonderfully outrageous performances by father & son double act, Joe & Ben Coughlan, as her ugly sisters, this terrible trio will stop at nothing to prevent Cinderella’s dreams coming true. Can the audience help Cinderella’s loveable best friend Buttons, save the day? Oh yes you can!

Theatre director, Helena Fox, comments “We have a fantastic local cast for this production. Maia Charman gives a wonderfully refreshing “sensitive yet feisty” interpretation of Cinderella, whilst Joe Gregory, (fresh from playing both Jekyll and Hyde in the company’s recent sell out musical,) as loveable Buttons, brings such fantastic energy and comic timing to the role that children and adults alike cant help but get wrapped up in all the audience participation he sets up along the way!”

The production also features popular pantomime regular Oliver Clive, this time as the flamboyant Dandini, alongside talented newcomer Tabitha Willshaw as his boss, Prince Charming.

“Expect plenty of laugh out loud moments with these two,” Helena continues, “they are a director’s dream in the rehearsal room, always experimenting and finding unexpected moments of physical comedy that have helped create a unique partnership that has us all in stitches.”

Vocalist Phye Bell (London Philharmonic Orchestra Choir) takes centre stage to sing a haunting ballad at the Frozen Forest Festival, where Prince Charming and Cinderella first meet. Packed with wonderful choreography and an eclectic mix of songs from musical theatre to pop & rock with a dose of Rodgers and Hammerstein and  the thrill of the Roaring Twenties along the way there is something for everybody in this production.

Please note this performance may contain loud noises and flashing lights. Group Bookings – Every 11th Ticket free. Babes in arms – Free.

Matinees |  2.30pm | Sat 2, Sun 3, Sat 9 , Sun 10 Dec

Evenings | 7.30pm | Sat 2, Tue 5, Wed 6, Thu 7, Fri 8, Sat 9 Dec

£16 | U16 £8 | Family £45 (2 adult & 2 U16)

Book online now or call 01439 771700.

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