You shall go to the ball with a Panto celebration this Christmas
Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th December 2016
A celebration is in order as community theatre the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre is preparing to mark ten years since opening its doors, and what better way to do it than going back to where it all began.
A spectacular production of Cinderella will take place this December to mark ten successful years of the venue. The first ever performance to grace the stage was Aladdin, performed the Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society and each year they have produced a family Pantomime for all to enjoy. This year Cinders, Buttons, a magical fairy godmother and not forgetting the gruesome ugly sisters take to the stage in a truly magical production of the most loved fairy tale of all.
Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, the show is packed full show-stopping songs played by a live band, dazzling dance routines and hilarious knockabout comedy with bags of audience participation and fun.
The Arts Centre is a registered charity and ran entirely by volunteers with no paid members of staff. The building was saved from demolition in 2007 when a group dedicated members came together to buy the old Salvation Army Church on Avenue Road and convert it into a multi-use theatre and community space. For the last ten years the organisation has brought the arts to Seaton Valley with a range of monthly tribute shows, dramas, comedies, food events and community productions along with providing a modern space for local groups to use and enjoy. From Burns Nights to Elvis tributes, to dance shows and new drama, the venue has hosted over 600 different shows and performances to thousands of theatre goers with all profit going back into the pot to maintain and run the building.
Rehearsals are well underway for the show which takes place from December 2nd for ten performances with scripts being learnt and dances rehearsed. The cast is made up of young people and adults from across the local area along with an army of backstage volunteers sorting costumes, building set, focusing lights and much more. The script has been penned by local panto legends Steve Arnott and Michael Harrison of Grimaldi Pantomimes.
Stu Bennett, Theatre Director of the Arts Centre said “To think of all the volunteers who’ve given up their time and effort over the last ten years is truly astonishing. We’ve had thousands of patrons through our doors enjoying a range of different shows both professional and amateur, but we are delighted to mark this mile stone with an amazing production of the great Panto of them all. Pantomime holds a special place in all of our hearts and one of the main reasons the venue exists.”
“We push the boat out every year with our show, which last year saw over 1100 audience members leave the auditorium with a smile on their face. Whilst we keep to the traditions of the fairy tale, there are a few extra special surprises along the way to mark this great mile stone in style.”
The show takes place from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th December at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre. Performances take place nightly at 7.00pm with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 1.00pm. Tickets are on sale and available from the Box Office on 0191 237 5460 or book online at www.seatondelavalartscentre.com