Talented local performers to join all star cast in the fairest panto of them all this Christmas


13 DECEMBER 2019 - 5 JANUARY 2020

After successful auditions, local performers from Kathleen Davis Stage School and Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts will join panto stars on stage this Christmas when the enchanting tale of CINDERELLA arrives at Sunderland Empire, 13 December 2019 - 5 January 2020.

The young performers will join an all-star cast and take centre stage alongside I’m a Celebrity and Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffat. The much-loved local lass will be stepping into the magical role of the Fairy Godmother.

These seasoned, local dancers were certainly out to impress a panel of judges during auditions held this summer - and they certainly did!

Martin Dodd, Producer, UK Productions said: “Every year I am blown away with the talent of the local youngsters that we audition in Sunderland. It is one of the hardest jobs I have to do to select the final 16 who will take place in the show, I only wish we could use more of them. It is however fantastic that we are able to offer these talented youngsters the chance to be able to be part of a professional show with such a stellar line up of stars. ”

Both dance schools are equally thrilled to be performing in this year’s festive offering - Principal Kathleen Davis, Kathleen Davis Stage School said: “To perform in a professional pantomime is the icing on the cake for every young dancer. It is an opportunity for them to show the fruits of their training and gives them an insight into professional theatre at its very best. The experience will carry them forward and inspire many of them to take up theatre work as a profession in the future.”

Principal Shameem Karim, Shameem Karim School of Performing Arts said: “This will be our 8th year working in partnership with UK Productions and Sunderland Empire and our 8 Junior dancers are very excited to be performing in Cinderella this Christmas. The young dancers range from 8 to 11 and will bring festive spirit and pantomime fun to the stage!”

The venue is also thrilled to welcome the North East’s very own Queen of comedy Miss Rory (Dan Cunningham) to panto this year, as Ugly Sister Rorina Hardup, with Duncan Burt as her equally ugly sister Ruby! Nick Jnr’s Gemma Naylor (Go! Go! Go!) is set to star as Cinderella, with ITV’s Superstars finalist Jon Moses as the Prince and the hilarious Tom Whalley returns as Buttons guaranteed to keep audiences entertained in his jovial pursuit of Cinderella.

Book your tickets and get ready to experience the thrill and enchantment of a spectacular family panto at Sunderland Empire this Christmas. #SundEmpirePanto

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Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.


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