As opening night approaches for this year’s pantomime at The Capitol, the cast and the creative team for Sleeping Beauty can’t wait to bring the Christmas magic to the stage.
Natasha Hoeberigs who plays Princess Aurora is incredibly excited! Originally from Sydney, Australia and having grown up in New Zealand, Natasha admits she never saw any pantomimes as a child. “Coming here, it’s like wow! You’ve got this amazing show that happens annually… it’s such a nice ritual to have! I just feel really lucky that I can be involved in it now, as an adult!”
Suiting up to make everyone laugh, James Fletcher is back to play Lester The Jester. When asked to explain how he feels about panto, he laughs “Oh it’s fantastic! It’s just a lot of fun and a lot of silliness; you are essentially sprinkling Christmas magic over
everyone who sees you. It feels like it’s Christmas every single day and it’s just very nice to be part of that, the buzz that you get from it is high.”
More than a traditional tale of good triumphing over evil, this story of a cursed young girl, brought up by the family nursemaid, who sleeps for 100 years before being woken by true love’s kiss, is a roller-coaster ride through time, emotion, laughter and song!
Containing many a reference to good morals and behaviour, the story of Sleeping Beauty will appeal to all ages.
Joining James and Natasha on stage this year are Heart FM’s Nicola Hume, Bad Girls’ Nicole Faraday, Phats and Small’s Ben Ofoedu, diamond dame Hywel Dowsell, West End performer James Dinsmore and X Factor singing sensation Sean Smith.
Expect a heady mix of musical theatre and pop songs, clever and corny jokes and plenty of audience participation!
Christmas at The Capitol will once again be a fantastic festive feast of family entertainment!
Performances: Friday 14 December – Sunday 6 January. Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com
and via the Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220