Further casting has been announced for Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s Cinderella pantomime.
It was previously revealed that AJ and Curtis Pritchard would play Prince Charming and Dandini in the production running Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022.
Joining them will be Kingswinford-born CBeebies presenter Evie Pickerill in the title role of Cinderella while Five Star’s lead vocalist Denise Pearson joins the cast as the Fairy Godmother.
Having grown up in Dudley, Evie has fond memories of Wolverhampton Grand. She performed at the theatre in her school days with West Bromwich Operatic Society before training professionally.
On her return to the Grand and her first pantomime role, she said: “I’m so happy to be in my hometown for Christmas! Panto is always such fun, but to be performing in front of family, friends and locals is a dream come true. I have been on the Grand stage once or twice before as a teenager, I was in awe of the theatre back then and can’t wait to feel the same butterflies again this Christmas”.
Denise added: “I am delighted to be joining the beautiful cast at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the 2021 production of Cinderella as Fairy Godmother. I am so excited to see you guys and welcoming in a sense of normality and interactive fun again. Oh yes, we shall go to the ball!”
Adrian Jackson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre commented: “I’m delighted Evie Pickerill will play the title role of Cinderella. Evie is home-grown and proudly represents the many performers who started their journey into showbusiness in local productions, right here at the Grand Theatre.
“She is known to millions of families on CBeebies and will be recognised by our very youngest of theatregoers – many of whom will experience the magic of theatre for the first time this Christmas.
“In Denise, we have a world-class vocalist and I know she will raise the roof with some great songs. Combined with AJ & Curtis Pritchard, our cast appeals to the entire family and I look forward to welcoming everyone to our very special Christmas pantomime.”
Tickets for the panto can be booked online at grandtheatre.co.uk.