Fairy Fortune found for Xmas panto

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A TALENTED young star has been selected to play a key role in this year’s festive panto for Skegness.

Emily Childs, 20, beat off stiff competition to land the role of Fairy Fortune following an X Factor-style competition, entitled ‘Find Our Star’.

Emily, who is a student in her final year at Newcastle Performance Academy, said she was thrilled to have landed the part.

“I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get started. I had such a good night! All the other finalists were amazing! And so lovely,” said Emily, of Alkborough, Scunthorpe.

After the decision was announced in front of a live audience, Emily was awarded a professional acting contract for the pantomime.

“It’s still sinking in. Now I’m really looking forward to getting the script and learning my lines.” She added.

The competition attracted nearly 100 entrants who auditioned and were shortlisted down to eight finalists.

Pantomime producer Jamie Marcus, who was one of the judges on the night, said they faced a really tough job picking the winner. “We were astounded by the wealth of talent we saw, which made it extremely hard to pick an overall winner.”

Jamie’s fellow judges were, Lincs FM presenter Rob Hammond, Lincolnshire’s leading theatrical agent Richard Kort and Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, who is also appearing and directing the panto.

Jamie added: “After the first round of songs the judges were equally split, but at the end of the competition when the final decision was to be made, we were unanimous.

“Emily is such a beautiful and talented performer and I’m sure Skegness audiences will love her.”

Starring alongside Emily and Frazer, is last year’s winner of the competition Rochelle Ayris as the Wicked Queen, international singing star Kerry Moore as Snow White, Josh Coburn debuts as the handsome prince and the hilarious Chris Hayes as Dame Nurse Knickerbocker.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be a fantastic traditional panto and with one or two modern elements, Jamie Marcus Productions will wow Skegness audiences with this wonderful production, say organisers.

The pantomime runs from December 14 to 31 at the Embassy Theatre.

Tickets cost from £10 to £14.50 with a family ticket priced at £44 (inc handling fee).

More information is available from the Embassy box office on: 0845 674 0505 or visit: www.embassytheatre.co.uk