Aladdin and his magic lamp are on their way to Lowther Pavilion – oh yes they are!
A former Coronation Street actor is among the cast eagerly looking forward to taking to the Lytham stage for the first show there by pantomime specialists Polka Dot Productions.
Scott Wright, who played mechanic Sam Kingston in the ITV soap, will play the Genie of the Lamp as Polka Dot take over the staging of the Lowther panto from Pendle Productions, which were responsible for the festive production there for the last four years.
Polka Dot, which stages a number of panto productions around the country, submitted a successful tender to take on the Lowther panto and the cast were at the venue this week as part of their preparation for Aladdin, which will run from December 11 to 30.
“We are all really looking forward to it,” said Scott, who hails from Derbyshire and recalls many visits to Lytham as a youngster.
“It will be the first time I have performed here but I had some great days out here with the family and I have performed on a number of occasions down the road in Blackpool.”
The title role will be played by 22-year-old Jack Bradley from Blackpool’s South Shore, an acting graduate of Blackpool and The Fylde College, while the Dame role of Widow Twankey is taken by Chris D’Bray, who started his showbusiness career at the former Pontins, Blackpool and was a DJ at Blackpool’s Funny Girls nightspot.
Some 24 local youngsters, already selected, will take part in the chorus of the production, while director is Tom Morris, whose ‘day job’ is principal of the Scream Theatre School at Layton.
He said: “It’s a great venue and we can promise a fast-paced energetic performance, a really fun script and a great family night out.”
Tickets are already on sale and details are available from the Lowther box office on (01253) 794221.