Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother is being given a Geordie makeover by Jarrow actress Karleigh Wright.
The 26-year-old is starring as the Geordie Godmother in pantomime Cinderella.
The festive show is being staged at a specially-constructed theatre venue in Whickham, Gateshead, from December 17 to 24.
Karleigh, who trained in musical theatre at Laine Theatre Arts in London, said: “I love my character. She’s not a traditional Fairy Godmother, she’s bubbly and quirky but protective over Cinderella – she reminds me of a little auntie.
“She’s really loving but has a cheeky sense of humour too. I’m excited to be singing again, dancing is my main forte.”
The former Springfield School pupil, who has recently returned home after working on the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship entertaining people as they sailed the Caribbean, says she’s excited to be involved in the panto.
I love my character. She’s not a traditional Fairy Godmother, she’s bubbly and quirky but protective over Cinderella – she reminds me of a little auntie.Karleigh Wright
She said: “We have all met and had a table read of the script. They’re all so excited too and a bunch of hard-working, really funny performers.
“The script is hilarious – it’s been written specially for this region and everything is so relevant and up-to-date. The stepsisters have me in stitches with laughter, I don’t know how I’m going to cope on stage.
“I’m so excited about being home for Christmas. Being a performer and a freelancer, I’m all over the place and often away for Christmas. My family love Christmas and we all get together, so can’t wait to be home for that.”
Karleigh has fond memories of going to see pantomimes as a child and is excited to be part of one this year.
She added: “We went to panto every Christmas Eve, then had a Chinese takeaway – it was always the tradition. I’d still do it now if I wasn’t performing.
“Being away in different countries, you realise how lucky we are in the UK to have panto as a tradition.
“Other countries find it really odd and explaining it to dancers from around the world is very interesting because panto is not a normal show to them.
“I love how every panto is different and even things change night by night depending on the audience, the weather, or which celebrity is in the limelight at that moment.
“It’s going to be really fun. I cant wait to start rehearsals in November. I also know that this cast and crew love a good Christmas prank, so I’m going to be prepared for that.”
The show is being staged by the Nice Swan Theatre Company.
Tickets cost from £10. To book, go to www.niceswan.com or call 0333 666 3366.