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News In Focus “Backstage at The Panto” Air Date: Thursday 24th November 6-7pm with Craig Priest

23rd November 2016
Matt Freeman, News In Focus

News In Focus “Backstage at The Panto” Air Date: Thursday 24th November 6-7pm with Craig Priest

It’s Panto season and tonight’s News In Focus takes an exclusive backstage look at how the cast and crew are preparing for “Curtain Up” on Saturday night.

“Peter Pan” is this year’s production at Mansfield Palace Theatre is the most anticipated in years with nearly 85% of tickets already sold for the run.

Tonight’s program catches up with both the stars of the show and the creative team who are working hard behind the scenes to make the magic happen.

Actress Jessica Punch who plays Peter said “Am I allowed to give away secrets? No, surely not! It is magic, I have fairy dust and think happy thoughts and they just lift me up into the air. For most kids it’s like their first time at Panto or the first time at theatre so they don’t anything different so they really believe and get absorbed into the story. It’s a magical time for them”

Several of the areas youngsters appear in the play and actress Hayley-Jo Whitney who plays Mrs Darling said “The Michaels, the little ones, are hilarious if we fluff a line – one of them yesterday turned around and said ‘Ahh I thought I was working with REAL actors’ so they are just brilliant. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid and I think as a kid you just have no fear of making mistakes – you just put everything out there”

News In Focus returns tonight, just after the 6pm news, with Craig Priest in for Matt Freeman.

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