Stage set for homecoming

Actress Michelle Roberts, who has been cast in the Lowther Pavilion panto Mother Goose
Actress Michelle Roberts, who has been cast in the Lowther Pavilion panto Mother Goose

A former member of the Lytham Academy of Theatre Arts has turned down the chance to spend Christmas on a cruise ship Down Under to return to her favourite childhood stage and take a dream role.

Michelle Roberts, 29, will play the principal girl role of Jill Goose in the Lowther Pavilion pantomime Mother Goose, which opens next month.

“When I saw the job advertised I just knew I had to apply and give it my all,” said Michelle.

“It was the opportunity of a lifetime to return home and perform professionally on the stage that I have trod many times before as a child.

“I had the chance to perform on a cruise ship on the other side of the world but who wouldn’t want to revisit a place with such happy memories?

“That, along with working for such a fantastic professional company and getting the chance to spend the festive time at home with friends and family clinched the decision for me.”

Mother Goose writer and director Tim Lince said: “It is quite important these days for the principal girl to have a bit more about her that just appearing as a drippy princess,

“Girls want role models that show how much can be achieved if you set your mind to it and when I auditioned Michelle I was captivated by her determination mixed with an infectious sense of fun. What more could one ask?”

Michelle grew up and went to school in Blackpool’s South Shore and completed her Musical Theatre Diploma at Blackpool and The Fylde College before going on to perform professionally. Her roles over the years have included various appearances in pantos around the country along with a season as Sophie in a stage production of Mamma Mia!

Lynda Clarkson, a founder of LATA, said: “We are all so proud of Michelle and very much looking forward to seeing her in Mother Goose.”