THE countdown to the opening night of the Palace Theatre’s classic Christmas pantomime, Snow White and the Severn Dwarfs, has begun.
Headlining the family show is Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, who is set to seduce audiences with his powerhouse vocal talents as Snow White’s handsome prince.
After television success, McDowell has performed in several pantomimes, sung on prime television, and enjoyed greeting a live audience each night.
The leading man said: “Even though pantomimes are rehearsed, you never know what could happen which definitely makes it more of a fun challenge. Every night is exciting and different.
“I love panto because it offers complete escapism, and gives me the chance to play someone completely different.”
The role also allows the performer to perfect his skills as a master swordsman.
“I’ve been really looking forward to the sword-fight scenes. Of course it takes time to perfect, but it is so much fun,” he added.
Starring alongside Prince Charming is Nicole Faraday as the ultimate panto baddie, the Wicked Queen.
Faraday is renowned for playing pantomime baddies, having taken up the role of the witch in last year’s Beauty and the Beast at the Palace.
She said: “There aren’t many female panto villains, so I love getting the opportunity to get involved in the deep backstory and drama.
“My characters always allow an evilness to come through, especially when they go on a journey. They’re always powerful and jealous.”
Stand-up comedian Andre Vincent also appears as the larger than life Dame Dolly, with actor Paul Winterford playing Herman the Henchman and Naomi Slater taking on the title role in her Redditch debut. Kids’ TV presenter and actor Dave Benson Phillips is also excited to be joining the team, playing panto funny-man Muddles.
Snow White opens at the Palace Theatre, on December 6, running until December 31.
Tickets are available from the box office on 01527 65203 and online at www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk