Christmas extravaganza promises to be the biggest and best ever panto in Barrow



The handsome Britain’s Got Talent prince flew in from Cyprus today to face a panto villain who wasn’t Simon Cowell.


The official launch of Barrow’s popular annual Christmas extravaganza promises to be the biggest and best ever and may contain some real magic!

Aleksandar Mileunsnic plays the Prince in Snow White and he first appeared on our screens in BGT this year where his swing, jazz and big band saw him fly through to the live semi finals as one of Simon’s favourites.

He said Simon was one of the loveliest most supportive men he had come across and he definitely hammed his “nasty side” for the cameras much like the panto villain Alex would face at The Forum.

The singer explained how this was his first panto and he was so proud, happy and excited to be part of it.

He said: “I will hopefully be doing some singing and with it being my first panto I’m hoping to learn a lot from my fellow cast ,members who seem like a great bunch.

“It’s a completely new experience for me.  I did musical theatre in my teens buy this is so different.

“It’s going to be great for all the family so come along because it’s got something for everyone whatever their age.”

Tickets are now on sale so you and the family can go and see the beautiful Snow White and her seven little friends from the enchanted forest as they attempt to defeat the evil Wicked Queen who is overcome with jealousy when her magic mirror declares that Snow White is the fairest in all the land. Will Snow White meet her handsome Prince and live happily ever after?Barrow-born and educated Emily Redhead is returning to the Barrow stage as The Fairy this year after her great performance at Cinderella in 2017.

Her mum and gran are looking forward to have the former Chetwynd school pupil home for Christmas.

Her Godfather, the Barrow theatre impresario and panto dame David Marcus - first cast Emily as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at 16 and then as Ulla in The Producers

After a two-and-half week stint on the New York stage Emily is looking forward to returning to her hometown.

She said: “David was just a dream to work with and he is missed so very much.

“It’s a really lovely cast, a great bunch with lots of personalities.

“This year is the biggest and best pantomime yet in Barrow and I’m very excited. There will be a lot of surprises!

“I love being back in my hometown with family and friends because it has such a special place in my heart.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of Snow White and being back for Christmas.”.
 
The very funny Steve Boyce will play Dame Dolly and top stage and TV entertainer Rich Roberts, of Sooty fame and ITV’s Little Be alongside Richard Cadell.
 
Steve is fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and looking forward to treading the boards in Barrow.

He said: “I’m very excited because it is going to be amazing. I will be having 11 costume changes during the show and I have made them all.

“It’s going to be a laugh a minute and the best panto Barrow has ever seen.”
Richard added: “I originally wanted to be a trained dancer but ended up doing panto, which In love! If someone had told me at 14 that I would be doing this I wouldn’t have believed them.

“The panto will be great and we want to make people laugh and join in. If you’re that dad who refuses to get involved I’ll be coming for you!”

Snow White will be played by the very lovely Jessica Fay long who began her stage career as a panto babe and baby dancer.

She said: “Last year I was the evil queen and now I’m the princess! It’s very exciting.

“It’s a wonderful part of Christmas the panto but it is a very British thing and my family in Australia have no idea what it is!

“You come through that door and it’s like you’re transported into a different work for a few hours and it’s one for all the family to enjoy..

The Shone Production Ltd managing director James shone said the special effects this year will be second to none.

He added: “We will be making the impossible possible. This year we will have a witch flying over the audience not using a wire! Real magic!

“Every year I think of how we can make the next panto bigger and better than the last to make it even more enjoyable for the family and I think we have hit the jackpot this year with the best ever.”

Head to www.theforumbarrow.co.uk to find out more, pop into The Forum on Duke Street or call 01229 820000

Today the Mayor of Barrow, Bill McEwan and Mayoress, Judith McEwan got up close with the cast at the official launch of the panto at the Forum. 














 

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