Familiar faces share the stage in family show

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Familiar faces and new members will be taking to the stage this month when Brighouse Theatre Productions present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Brighouse Civic Hall.

John Murphy, who works at Czerwiks in Brighouse town centre by day, will be taking on the role of Jacques in the evenings, encouraging the audience to share the panto fun.

Robert Davison returns to the Brighouse stage in a cameo role as an eccentric character who thinks he has spotted the beast -only to be almost locked up for it.

Robert, from Cleckheaton, is property manager for West Yorkshire Fire Service, a post he has held for 22 years. This is his third pantomime with the Brighouse group.

Paul Tankard from Clifton takes the role of Alphonse, father of the principal girl, Belle, who is played by Emma Newsome.

Paul, a freelance project manager and treasurer of the theatre group, is appearing in his fourth pantomime. He said: “It’s in my best interest as treasurer to make sure this panto is a success!”

His daughters Sophie and Charlotte are also in the cast.

Emma, making her fifth panto appearance, is studying economics management at Leeds University and has been dancing for 15 years at the PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance.

Newcomer this year is Lauren Haworth who takes the role of Belladonna, the bad witch. She is married into a family of dancers and actors and decided she would ‘have a go’, making her stage debut in ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

“I am excited by the challenge of doing something different and I hope this will be the start of a new hobby,” she said.

Lauren has worked for the NHS for eight years as a children’s physiotherapist working with those with complex disabilities.

The show is directed by Pete Forsyth with choreography by Philippa Gibson and written by Alan Frayn. Press officer Margaret Hallatt said: “The cast has been hard at work rehearsing for the show which, we hope, will bring a smile to faces during the winter days at the end of January.”

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is at Brighouse Civic Hall from January 23 to 26. Evening performances are at 7.15pm and there are matinees on Saturday, January 25, at 2.15pm and Sunday, January 26, at 1.15pm. For ticket information tel: 01484 402435.