The Playhouse, Weston

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

September launch 2018

They are in front of you

Mother and daughter Linda Lusardi and Lucy Kane could be starring in an alternative Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs this Christmas at Weston-super-Mare as one of the vertically challenged actors has gone AWOL.

The missing dwarf who had been signed-up for the annual festive show at The Playhouse has since been ‘shortlisted’ for a new series on Netflix so has withdrawn, explained regional manager and director Mark Thompson at the show launch this week.

He said: “At the moment we have six – I am on the hunt for a seventh.”

However, all the other principal characters were on stage including Linda Lusardi who will play the Wicked Queen, daughter Lucy Kane as Snow White, director/comic Mike Goble as Muddles the love rival to the prince and pantomime dame Richard Alan. 

Linda celebrates her big 60 birthday this month and according to The Sun newspaper is having a celebrity studded bash plus a near-nude Page 3 photoshoot with the tabloid which made her face and figure famous.

Since her days as Britain’s favourite pin-up Linda has turned to acting and presenting and has appeared in all the top television soaps from Emmerdale to Hollyoaks, Brookside to the The Bill.

The former glamour model has also competed in Celebrity Masterchef, Dancing On Ice and The Games as well as being on the panel of Loose Women.

In her career Linda has appeared in more than 25 pantos but it is the part of the evil stepmother in Snow White which is her favourite.

This is because it has lots of scope to show off her talents some of which were displayed in a fabulous body-hugging costume on Tuesday.

She said it is 'the age range from young bride to old hag which makes it more interesting to play'.

The still very lovely Linda who hails from London is part Italian and married to fellow soap actor and Liverpudlian Sam Kane.

Their daughter and former model Lucy, 22, competed in The Voice last year and her amazing vocal talent got her mentored by legend Tom Jones before she was sadly eliminated while younger brother Jack who is also an actor has just landed a leading role in the new BBC series The A List.

Lucy joked about how in their first lead panto roles together the mother and daughter would be ‘shouting and slapping one another – a bit like being at home’ she said with a smile.

Funnyman Mike began his career as a holiday camp red coat.

He directed and played Wishee Washee in Aladdin at Weston last year alongside EastEnders bad boy Nick Cotton aka John Alltman.

The multi-talented Mike an all-rounder who can juggle, stilt walk and ride a unicycle is also directing the 2018 show.

Classically trained Richard Alan is the cross-dressing dame in this production but in a previous panto he was the henchman with a very gruff manly voice - his usual singing tone is bass and he boasts magical skills too.

He referred to himself as ‘Junction 21 – the Weston turn-off’.

To lots of laughter Linda asked him: “Are you happier in a dress?”

Perhaps Mike and Richard can conquer up a person of diminutive status for the small part in the panto yet to be cast?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is based on the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm which was made into a US animated musical fantasy film by Walt Disney Productions in the 1930s.

In typical storybook style Snow White is a lonely princess living with her nasty stepmother, a vain Queen.

The Queen worries that Snow White will look better than she, so she forces Snow White to work as a scullery maid and every day asks her Magic Mirror ‘who is the fairest one of all?’.

A plot to kill the princess, a cottage in the woods home to small diamond miners Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey, a poisonous apple and a kiss by handsome prince…you know the routine, oh yes you do.

The audience at the panto ‘taster’ included media representatives and Friends of the Playhouse who have raised a fantastic quarter of a million pounds for the theatre.

And new patron Trevor Payne, writer, producer and performer with the touring rock ’n’ roll hit musical That’ll Be The Day joined everyone on stage during the obligatory photoshoot.

Later this month auditions will take place for the chorus and lots of North Somerset children will be queuing to show off their dancing skills.

Advance ticket sales to the panto have been phenomenal, added Mark.

The best thing about a panto at The Playhouse is you can see from every seat and the acoustics work - plus it is a real family show without too much smutty glitz - love it. 

Carol Deacon

Playhouse announces its panto stars for 2018

 

Lovely Linda Lusardi has been confirmed to star in The Playhouse at Weston-super-Mare annual pantomime.

Linda will take on the role as The Wicked Queen in Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs.

This a role in which she is accustomed to after starring in The Woodville, Gravesend last Christmas.

Linda made her pantomime debut more than 30 years ago in Dartford and has since headlined in excess of 25 pantos.
Linda is best known for her modelling career in the 80s and 90s, but now her career spans the world of stage, screen and television.

In 2007 she joined Emmerdale as Carrie Nicholls, 2008 saw her win Celebrity Come Dine With Me and she also came sixth in Dancing On Ice earlier that same year.
In addition to Linda, The Playhouse has confirmed the return of last year’s comic, Mike Goble.

Not only did Mike play the role of Wishee Washee in the 2017-18 pantomime, Aladdin but he also acted as writer and director.

Mike returns this year as Muddles and will once again be directing the in-house produced pantomime.
More casting is to be announced over the coming months.

Regional general manager Mark Thompson said “We’re delighted to announce that Linda is joining us.

"Linda brings a wealth of pantomime experience having been headlining pantomimes at theatres across the UK for more than 25 years.

"Last years pantomime was a huge success and arguably the strongest we’ve produced to date - the return of Mike Goble as director will see this year’s build on that success and ensure that this years offering is the best it can be.

"There’s a few, spectacular surprises planned for this year and seven reasons to book early to avoid disappoint.”

Tickets £19.95-24.50 plus family, group and school concession are on sale now.

And there is a special opening night offer of £18 on Thursday, December 13.

All tickets can be booked from The Playhouse Box Office on 01934 645544 or online by clicking HERE.

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