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Pantomime cast all set for exciting theatre production in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 15:44 12 December 2015

The Marina Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty. Emily McAvoy (Princess Aurora),Rustie Lee (The Lilac Fairy) and 
Asa Elliott (Prince Valiant). Picture: James Bass

The Marina Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty. Emily McAvoy (Princess Aurora),Rustie Lee (The Lilac Fairy) and Asa Elliott (Prince Valiant). Picture: James Bass

"My job is to paint a beautiful picture for the children and to give them that magical moment in time for Christmas".

Steve Shapelle is playing 'Nurse Katy' at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.Steve Shapelle is playing 'Nurse Katy' at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.

The thoughts of TV legend Rustie Lee, who is set to star in the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime at the Marina Theatre.

Rehearsals have been in full swing this week, with the cast and production team all working tirelessly to ensure this year’s show is a success.

A number of comical characters, spectacular sets, colourful costumes and dancers can be expected on stage, when the family show opens on Tuesday, December 15.

Running through until January 2, the two-hour performance also includes some unexpected plot twists, contemporary music, and the traditional pantomime one-liners.

“Preparations have been fantastic and it is important we make the show magical for all the family,” said Rustie Lee who has previously starred in pantomimes with Larry Grayson and Keith & Orville during her illustrious career.

“People can expect laughter and real old fashioned fun family entertainment,” she added.

“I am popping in and out of the story all the time and aiming to bring some magic to the theatre.

“When I am on stage, I want to make sure not that only front row sees and hears me, but the people at the back do as well.

“If they don’t come out of there laughing and having had a good time, there is something very wrong with them.”

Choreographer Ciaran Connolly has been a professional dancer for the past 14 years– appearing on the X Factor and performing with Take That.

“When we all came and met together the director said, ‘what we are here to do is create a piece of magic for two hours’.

“That is what we will do, even though we only get about a week to prepare for the fun family show.”

Terry Gleed is playing the role of Pickles– the funny man of the performance.

“I have never been to Lowestoft before but I am loving it already,” he said.

“I have just returned home from Barbados where I was singing on a cruise ship.

“Being in panto is a massive part of my life, its like I am going to a party. I come to work and have so much fun.”

For more information and to book tickets, call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit: www.marinatheatre.co.uk

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