It may be summer but the cast of a Christmas panto are starting to get into the swing of things.
This year’s show in Telford’s Oakengates Theatre will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And cast members met at the venue for the first time to speak about what they are looking forward to the most when they open on December 8.
Despite Hollyoaks and Holby City star Jeremy Edwards getting lost on his way to the theatre, due to satnav problems, the first meeting went off smoothly.
Actors got used to their new surroundings and tried on their costumes. For everyone except for director Ian Billings, who will also play Herman the Henchman, this is the first time they will perform in Telford. Jeremy said he will be flying in from Los Angeles to appear in the show, before heading back to America in January once it is over.
“I haven’t seen the script yet, so I don’t know what to expect, however I am hoping for some laughs. But I have heard the Telford audience are always up for a good night, and I am sure we won’t disappoint them,” the 44-year-old said.
“It will be a very family friendly show, and it will be a great night out for all ages.”
Also starring in the show is former Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress, Nicole Faraday, who will be playing evil Queen Grizelda. But Faraday hopes to make the audience laugh rather than cry.
“I always seem to play the bad guy,” the 38-year-old said. “
But I do love it, and I really hope to bring some humour into the character because it is a family show after all. It is the first time I have been to Telford, so I really cannot wait to get started.
Ian Billing, director said: “
This is my eighth year directing a show at Oakengates, and I am really excited. The cast this year is fantastic and I know this will be a great show for all of the family.”
Snow White will be played by Amy Reader, who has just graduated from stage school in Manchester.