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MEET THIS YEARS GRAND’s PANTO CAST AT THE GRAND’s FREE FAMILY FUN DAY!

The Grand Theatre will be holding a FREE family fun day, hosted and broadcast live by Breakfast Presenter Hayley Kay from Radio Wave at Stanley Park’s bandstand from 1-3pm on Friday 21 August.

The event will kick start the launch this year’s Grand Theatre pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, presented by Martin Dodd for UK Productions. On the day you can meet all the stars of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsincluding beloved Hi-de-Hi! actress Su Pollard, Blackpool’s very own Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston, as well as BBC Radio Lancashire and Grand panto favourite Steve Royle alongside Millie Booth and Jamie Steen– PLUS special guests, Albert Wilkinson and Darren Horan. There’ll be lots of free, exciting things for families to do on the day, including an amazing bouncy castle, free giveaways and more! Plus of course meet all the stars of the show! The Grand will also be holding a fancy dress competition for children, the winner of which will win a family ticket to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Come dressed as your favourite fairytale character and you could be in with a chance of winning! The competition will be judged at the Radio Wave Stage at 2:45pm.

Su Pollard, best known for playing chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw in the classic TV series Hi De Hi!, has performed on the Grand Theatre’s stage several times. She appeared in the 2008 production of Shout! alongside Claire Sweeny and took on the role of the evil Miss Haversham in the 2011 production of Annie. Famed for her roles in the sitcoms Hi-de-Hi!, You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!, Su has also had a UK No.2 hit with the song Starting Together and released her album The Collection in 2001. More recently, Su has appeared in various TV shows such as Benidorm and Loose Women and has taken to the stage in a number of productions including Menopause the Musical, Romeo and Juliet and The Vagina Monologues.

Dan Whiston is best-known for appearing on ITV’s Dancing on Ice, taking part as a professional skater in the show for all nine series. He is the most decorated professional on the show after he and his respective partners were named Dancing on Ice Champions on three occasions (2006 with Gaynor Faye, 2010 with Hayley Tamaddon, and 2013 with Beth Tweddle). Poulton-born Dan began his career as a skater at the tender age of seven, spending most of his early years at the Pleasure Beach’s Ice Arena before and after school. He trained professionally with Phil Winston in all areas of performance including dance, drama and singing. His career highlights include being the lead skater in the Pleasure Beach’s Hot Ice Show, touring with Grease on Ice and Disney on Ice in North America, as well as in the European Tour of Holiday on Ice with Robin Cousins, and performing in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing on Ice. Daniel has also performed at the Royal Variety Performance, alongside Coldplay at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and was an associate choreographer at the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies that year.

Steve Royle is comedian, actor, writer and BBC Radio presenter and now in his 12th year of Grand Theatre panto! For over 12 years Steve could be found in the guise of Mad Edgar the court jester at Camelot theme park where he presented over 2000 Crazy Juggling Shows. He has also supported both Peter Kay and Dave Spikey on tour and was voted Entertainer of the Year at the recent Red Rose Awards. His many TV appearances have included Phoenix Nights, Max & Paddy, That’s Entertainment (Granada), Stand-up Britain (Granada), Give Your Mate A Break (Granada), The Afternoon Show, Talk Of The North and The Things You Do For Love. Steve is also co-founder of the Slaughterhouse- Live (“Laughter” with an “S”) character comedy nights. The group regularly perform at The Comedy Store and they were nominated in the best touring show category at the Manchester Comedy Awards, losing out to Peter Kay! Also in this year’s panto, playing Snow White, is Millie Booth. Millie is a graduate of the The Guildford School of Acting, where she gained a BA Hons in musical theatre. Whilst training she played the roles of Celia in As You Like it, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Maria in West Side Story. Since graduating Millie has played a variety of roles, including Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas as well as sailing the seas as a principal singer with Headliners Theatre Company. Her concert performances include “A Tribute to Dora Bryan” at the Haymarket Theatre, London and a concert version of West Side Story at the Sheldonian Theatre, alongside Scottish tenor Nicky Spence with the Oxford Philomusica Orchestra. Most recently Millie has created the role of Guinevere in a concert performance of ‘Red Dragon White Dragon’ a new musical by Nick and Tony Bicât.”

To finish the line-up is Jamie Steen, whois a seasoned performer with a wealth of experience in theatre and cabaret. Some of his theatre credits include Dixieland Mintsrel Show (UK tour), Magic of the Musicals (UK tour), David Essex Gala Ball (Hilton hotels), Rock Through The Ages (UK tour), Memories and Melodies (Spa Theatre, Bridlington), Good Old Days (UK tour), Shall We Dance (UK tour), We’ll Meet Again -Diamond Jubilee Show (UK tour), and Forever in Blue Jeans (UK tour) No stranger to pantomime, this is Jamie’s 22nd year of appearing in pantoland, one of his great loves. He has played numerous roles in many productions all over the country, including Idle Wishee Washee in Aladdin (UK tour), Granny Hood in Red Riding Hood (UK tour), Beast in Beauty and the Beast (UK tour), Prince in Snow White, Buttons in Cinderella, and Nurse Katy coughdrop in Sleeping Beauty (Broadway Theatre, Catford). And not forgetting, Albert Wilkinson and Darren Horan who will also star in this years pantomime.

Albert Wilkinson is better known as “Little Albert”. This Lancashire lad has been in show business for over forty years and his work has taken him all over the world. He has extensive experience in films, stage and television playing anything from comedy to horror. His film credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willow, Labyrinth (with David Bowie), and the Never Ending Story. Albert has appeared in many major theatres nationwide including the London Palladium and has appeared with Cannon and Ball, Funny Guys, Peter Kay and Is this the way to Amarillo and Max and Paddy’s keep fit video. Albert has appeared as himself in Coronation Street.

Darren Horan has been in the entertainment business for 20 years and is no stranger to the Grand Theatre’s stage, as he appeared in many Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomimes previously. Darren has also performed in a musical version of Snow White at the Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp, Belgium, and toured Holland for eight months where the whole script was in Dutch. Television appearances include: TFI Friday, The Big Breakfast, The Mighty Boosh, Ten Ways to Be Abducted by an Alien, The Paul O’Grady Show, The Joan Rivers Position, The Secret Policeman’s Ball with Al Murray, Psychoville, adverts for the Celebrity Juice Christmas Special. Darren has appeared in the films The 10th Kingdom, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promises to be another UK Productions pantomime packed with incredible magic, musical hits, but above all huge laughs! It’s fun for all the family. A laugh-a-minute extravaganza, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs features stunning sets, fabulous costumes and impressive effects! Book early to ensure you secure the best seats – and be spellbound by the spectacular Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs FREE Family Fun Day

Stanley Park Bandstand

Friday 21 August, 1-3pm

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Grand Theatre Blackpool

Friday 4 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016

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