THE summer holidays are over and the darker nights are drawing in which can only mean one thing - pantomime season is nearly upon us.
To celebrate this a count, a beast and a princess have visited Bridlington to celebrate the launch of this year’s pantomime Beauty and the beast which is coming to the town in December.
And among the cast, who gathered at the Spa for the special launch event, was the first ever Big Brother winner and DIY guru Craig Phillips.
Craig will play the part of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, which will run from December 18 to January 6.
“I’m looking forward to coming to Bridlington. I have never been here before, I have done make over shows all over the country except in Bridlington. This will be my 7th pantomime and I just love it.”
“I can get away with murder on stage because I’m not a professional singer, dancer or actor,” Craig said.
Craig admits that doing pantomimes was never something he always imagined doing, but it’s something he fell in love with after being invited to play Buttons in Cinderella in his home town of Liverpool.
“I’m in love with doing it because you get that interaction with the audience. Television is quite a serious job and it’s quite cold working to a lens, but here you have got to be on stage getting that live interaction from the audience, it makes it all worthwhile,” he added.
Since being crowned winner of the first ever reality TV show Big Brother back in 2000 Craig has taken his experience of running his own building firm into the world of television, having appeared on a range of DIY shows including Renovation Street, 60 Minute Make Over, Big Strong Boys and Housecall.
He has most recently completed filming a new celebrity DIY show and also appears in Keith Lemon The Film starring Leigh Francis.
It will be Lisa Kelsey’s third pantomime at the Spa Bridlington and she returns to play the role of Beauty.
“I can’t wait. I absolutely love it. It’s magical, it’s every little girl’s dream,” said Lisa who hails from Hull and performs on touring road shows and at leisure parks.
Also starring in Beauty and the Beast are CBBC’S Simon Grant, as Pierre, Ian Parkin from the Jonathan Ross Show as Madame Fifi, and Gary Tushaw as the Count of Cristi and the Beast.
Director Maurice Thorogood, who plays the part of Professor Crackpot, added: “There is some talent here and there are some personalities and it’s these personalities that will be here on stage for people to enjoy.”
Mr Thorogood said the audience can expect a lot of fun, comedy, audience participation, and some traditional pantomime elements but above all else it will tell a story.
Tickets can be purchased from the Spa Box Office on 01262 678258 or go to www.ThespaBridlington.com