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since she was a little nipper, local girl Liana Bridges has dreamed
of being a fairy godmother. After years of hard work (and many auditions!),
her dream has finally come true, and this year she's starring as
the 'Good Witch of the East' in the Cambridge Corn Exchange Christmas
Show, 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Liana as she reveals what really happens behind the scenes... From
hectic rehearsals through to first night nerves, with our panto
diary you can re-live the excitement at every stage:
the panto fairy!
Final Day" or "There's no place like home"
are nearly at the interval of the final show.
seems to have recovered from the Cod Panto last night, a few hangovers
but only a little pride hurt.
Munchkin tea upstairs today, to say our goodbyes to the rest of
the children. Michael was especially sweet and very brave I might
add to be one of only two boys in amongst 40 girls! He's a brilliant
husband is out the front watching the show, he always sees me on
the last performance and so it's a sign of Panto being over for
atmosphere in the dressing room is a little sullen, things are being
packed away as we finish with them by the wardrobe girls and the
crew. Off they will go into storage until next time.
and addresses are being exchanged and promises of meeting up 'very
soon'. Some people you may work with again and others you may hear
about through mutual friends in the months to come.
little ones are always a bit weepy on the last day but for us seasoned
Panto fairies we know in a few months we'll be thinking about dusting
off the wand again for next Christmas.
you've enjoyed your visit to Pantoland with a Professional Pantomime
Fairy, and you now know a little about what goes on backstage.
what will happen to me now? I can't answer that, I shall just have
to wait and see.
things for sure
I'm four months pregnant but that's another
the best in 2004...
Hours to go" or "Techies in Tights"
is very excited today as the crew will be performing their 'Cod
Panto'. The cast of Aladdin will also be popping in from over the
road to join us for a drink or two. I've also heard a few Cambridge
councillors will be coming too, who knows what they will think of
it all!!? I shall let you know in my last diary entry tomorrow how
it all goes and who pulls a moody strop!
and Aladdin are now an item by the way!
Mum & Dad are watching the show today, and I can just about
see them from the stage. You can't really see very far into the
audience, as the lights are so bright they dazzle you.
also the first Munchkin team's last day so we were invited upstairs
to their dressing room for nibbles and party games - the price for
this was signing 20 childrens autograph books, and we will do it
all over again tomorrow for the second team. Ah bless them. Tears
before curtain call I shouldn't wonder! People have started to pack
away their cards and various bits and bobs that made the dressing
rooms homely. It's a fact that you always leave with more than you
the last day. The Director Alan Harding will come to see the show
and also my husband. It's nearly over and I feel a bit sad.
"The Cod Pantomime"
or "Do I really look like that?"
more party to go and five more shows. Tomorrow the backstage crew
(the techies!) are going to do their own version of the show. 'The
the end of the panto season most crew, stage management, wardrobe,
lighting and sound get their revenge. They are very secretive about
us hearing them rehearse and the script. Needless to say its 18+
viewing and not anything you'd wish your mother to see.
you have given anyone backstage any grief, had a panto romance or
done anything at all during the run that you wish you hadn't, then
beware! Nobody gets off lightly so it's best to have a couple of
drinks and take it all with a pinch of salt (after the double vodka!).
said that I do know of several actors who didn't take it at all
well, here's an example:
Four years ago I was in Aladdin at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford,
the actor playing Aladdin wasn't the best, poor fellow (he shall
remain nameless for his sake!) and when it came to 'The Cod Panto'
at the end of the run at his entrance someone pulled on a rope and
on the end was a plank of wood, with a face nailed to a skateboard...
see what I mean!
butch crew member with a shaven head and neck like a tree trunk
has asked to borrow my wand. Oh Dear.
"5 Days to go" or "Poppies, Roses & Romance"
my god! I've the best piece of gossip for you
Our very own
Dorothy has struck up a pantomime romance with Wishy Washy across
the road in Aladdin! It's only in its earliest days, but as you
can imagine both are being teased constantly. Will tell you more
as I hear it. We only have a few days left so they'd better get
a move on.
things that have happened today - I had a surprise visit from Pam
& Graham, a lovely couple that I've stayed with while in Panto
in St Albans. Thy brought me 200 dates stuffed with marzipan. Very
unexpected all round.
the interval now and I had to tell you what I've just overheard
- the children at one point in the show dress up as poppies, one
of them stood at the side of the stage looking really fed up so
one of the stage crew went over and asked if the child was okay,
"No" came the reply, "I don't want to be a poppy",
"Why?" said the crew member "Do you feel silly?".
"Yes" said the child "I want to be a rose!".
Ah bless. Better not name them in case a parent wants revenge.
I sit and wonder what's going on back at home in Manchester. My
phone bill is sky high, but at Panto time it's the only contact
with the outside world. I listen to the radio driving up and down
the A14 but apart from that I haven't got a clue what's going on
in the real world and I haven't watched TV for weeks. Now the end
is so close it feels like I've been under water and now I can almost
see the surface. I've remembered that there are bills to pay and
I have to find a job. I've started to run out of glitter - that
could be a disaster! All I seem to eat are sandwiches and jacket
potatoes (if the van is in the market square), so sitting here now
I'd love a big plate of home cooked food. Actually, a chip butty
would do. Normally you don't want a big dinner before the show and
you're too tired after - so another bowl of sugar puffs it is then.
flash - I've just heard the Tin Man has fallen off the stage! Only
his pride is hurt! The audience is screaming with laughter!!!
"The Last Week" or "Partying & Paranoia"
are now in the last week of our Panto run. Two things happen at
this point - firstly lots and lots of parties, and the question
on everyone's lips, "So what are you doing next?". The
answer to this should be dealt with swiftly and painlessly, not
with too many "ermms
" or "I'm waiting to hear
". I'd suggest something short and sweet along the
lines of "I dunno". Of course, there is a general mix
of people going on to do all sorts of things, but whatever they
do, nothing is quite the same as Panto.
'The Stage' this week (that's one of the industry newspapers) we
got a really good review so that's put a spring in everyone's step.
You try not to take too much notice of reviews but everyone is always
curious about what's been written.
shouldn't tell you this but I will anyway... The Lion (Simon Slater)
has had very bad wind (or so the dancers report). Being zipped into
a giant furry baby-gro isn't the most hygienic of garments and not
even a generous spray of Febreeze helps. I'm glad I don't get that
close to him.
believe what I saw at the side of the stage as I ran on to make
my entrance; on a shelf at the side were four bottles of water labelled
'Dorothy' 'Tin Man' 'Scarecrow' 'Lion' and a large chicken drumstick!
Turns out that's for Binkey the dog who's playing 'Toto'. Very Surreal!
"Happy New Year" or "Poofs & Pyros"
the last couple of days just before New Year and today (2nd January),
I seem to have had a bad run of mishaps. (Perhaps it's Golden Gordon's
mystical waving paw? See 26th December).
a little enthusiastic with my wand waving tonight and a bead on
the end of one of the prongs flew off. Good job I noticed as if
I'd continued one of the Munchkins may have been impailed in the
head. The wand was rushed off in the interval to be glued by Tony
the A.S.M. (Assistant Stage Manager), it seems fine now.
second mishap involved me and a 'pyro'. A pyro is a controlled electrical
explosion pod, or to you and me it's the poof of smoke I appear
in. These can be dangerous and so I try to stand as far away as
possible - a little difficult dressed in a pink wedding cake. Sometimes
a small piece of the paper lid floats down to the stage still hot
and I already have crater marks in my shoulders and loads in my
dress. Today however, a piece burnt through my false eyelash and
through a couple of mine as well. I must have looked very strange
jumping on stage making my entrance and then smacking myself in
the eye just in case it had caught fire! I'm okay and Dorothy didn't
even notice! The show must go on and all that.
all very quiet in our dressing room today; Storme's given up smoking
as her New Year's resolution and is chomping her way through a bag
of lollipops, the Munchkin is playing with her new mobile phone
and Jacqui is nursing a mild hangover.
New Year was spent sleeping and watching TV - Lovely! Some of the
cast went to see Aladdin at the Arts Theatre. They enjoyed it very
much but I was glad I was home.
go, it's almost the end of Act 1. Golden Gordon is still waving
his paw - the battery must be nuclear powered!
"Boxing Day" or
"Hangovers and Turkey Sandwiches"
all arrived back today after our two day break, some a little worse
for wear and a few with the compulsory turkey sandwiches.
on Boxing Day is a little strange, as the town or city that you
are in is usually deserted, and nothing is ever open. On top of
that we have said goodbye to loved ones and been up hours travelling
(even more so for those poor souls brave enough to use public transport!).
After the shock to the system of the first show, we all take part
in a great pantomime tradition "The Grab Bag", or as you
may know it "Secret Santa". I shall try and explain this
as best I can
A few days before Christmas all 42 of us put our names in a hat,
and then it's passed around for us to pull out the name of our 'victim'.
We all then go forth and spend £5 trying to buy an appropriate
present for our 'victim'. This poses several problems
Firstly, as there are 42 of us it is very possible you don't know
who you are buying the present for.
Do you buy something silly and fun or practical or try to
Remembering to go to the shops in the first place. If you
don't buy the present before Christmas, you are faced with the fact
that everything is closed on Boxing Day.
victim is a "Techie". A "Techie" is a breed
of person who is very important to the smooth running of the show,
they always wear black and are never seen by the audience - more
on this subject another time.
back to the grab bag - so there we are, all gathered on the stage
just before 'the half' (this is another weird theatre term which
isn't 30 mins before the show as you may imagine but actually 35
minutes before) remind me to explain this another time.
there we all are waiting to open our secret presents in front of
everyone else. This can be a very embarrassing moment. Gavin, my
'Techie' victim I've
only ever seen once and we haven't even passed the time of day so
it was very hard to know what to buy him. This is what I bought:
A mini table football game with bubble gum balls (Safe bet!); A
strange game involving two plastic frying pans and some plastic
eggs. The idea of the game is to bat the eggs with the frying pan
- you get the idea (Inspired if original). If you think that's odd
It wasn't a patch on my grab bag present! I may take a photo of
it for you after Christmas.
Thing' is the size of a moneybox and covered in gold foil. I think
it's a Chinese good luck cat. The best bit is the paw it waves at
you when you switch it on. It's now been named 'Golden Gordon' and
lives in my dressing room, when in actual fact it should be in an
episode of 'Tales of the Unexpected". I don't have a clue who
got it for me. Maybe Gordon's cursed ooh eer
the panto fairy!
"There's no place like home" or "They've sold out
of brussel sprouts"
is the first Christmas in about eight years that I haven't worked
Christmas Eve. We usually get Christmas Day off and work the days
either side so this is a real 'Brucey Bonus'. It's not just two
days off in Pantoland, it's a chance to go home.
and parcel of working in a pantomime is the being away from home,
we all realise this when we sign on the dotted line, so this extra
day is brilliant. I won't be able to go back to Manchester, but
my husband is coming down to visit - he's working backstage at the
pantomime in Chester and is also lucky enough to get the 'Brucey
Bonus' Christmas Eve off.
this point every year, the fact that I haven't done all my shopping
dawns on me - oh yes, don't think I don't try to get all my pressies
bought and wrapped in November, most are because they have to be,
I learnt this after spending the most miserable shopping day of
my life in Llundudno, with only a Woolworths for company and a 50p
& £1 shop. Grim.
it's done so early that I always think "there's only my Dad's
parcel to get, I'll do that when I get to Panto", and of course
it's always so busy I forget, so I shall be out with the last minute
frantic panic buyers in Cambridge on Christmas Eve. Grim again.
I know what I had to tell you, the other day after the show a few
of the cast stayed for a drink in one of the dressing rooms and
managed to get locked in. The alarms all went off, the police turned
up and there they were explaining to the officer that they were
'The Mayor of Munchkin Land' and a 'Poppy'. That would never stand
up in court. The good fairy was tucked up in bed.
Here's Liza's recipe I promised:
½ Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon baking soda
2 Teaspoons baking powder
4 Large eggs
½ Cup honey
2/3 Cup plain yoghurt
1 & 1/3 Cups milk
2 Teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ Cup unsalted butter, melted
½ Gallon vanilla frozen yoghurt
2 Pints fresh strawberries, hulled, sliced and tossed with 1 tablespoon
a medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a
separate bowl, whisk together eggs, honey and yoghurt. Whisk milk
slowly into egg mixture, and then add vanilla extract. Make a well
in the centre of dry ingredients, pour milk mixture slowly into
centre while whisking continuously. Beat until smooth. Whisk in
butter. Cook waffles in waffle iron according to manufacturers instructions.
Serve waffles warm with a scoop of frozen yoghurt and a spoonful
of sliced strawberries.
about 12 waffles.
"Up & Running"
or "Panto Petticoats"
opening night went without a hitch and my cold is getting better.
Liza came into my dressing room with a lemon and some very expensive
honey for me, which was very thoughtful. I'm also catching up on
petticoat came undone mid scene yesterday and so ten layers of net
and a large hoop gradually headed toward the floor, luckily the
dress is so massive that I could shuffle around the stage with it
dragging on the floor and not even a Munchkin noticed!
It's not just a case of putting what you've been given on and saying
your lines; costumes play a huge part in pantomime and boy have
I got a lot to say on the subject! Visiting Pantoland as a child,
the costumes seemed magical and fantastic, in size and amount of
sparkle. I remember feeling betrayed when on a visit backstage I
saw the princess in her 'going to the ball' costume walking past
me on the way to the toilet and what I thought from the audience
was a dress made of the finest silk and thread, turned out to be
an old curtain a bit like a pair at my Nan's house and a couple
of tree decorations I'd seen in 'Boots'.
since discovered that most things look good, if they are lit well
and worn with confidence.
of mine, Becky Vere, had to wear old sacking in 'Les Miserables'
and although she complained about the way it rubbed under her arms,
beneath the lights and on a great set she looked stunning and if
she'd told me it had been designed by Gucci instead of Tate &
Lyle I would have believed her!
costumes however, are made of very pretty fabric and not curtains.
Sometimes they haven't been made to fit you alone and so need a
nip and a tuck. Fairy dresses are not made for comfort and it's
wise not to drink too many fluids as going to the toilet in a dress
five foot wide is a learned art.
other thing about costumes covered in glitter and gems is that they
can't be washed. Luckily I'm not a smelly fairy but some of the
dresses do suffer - poor things - and are never without a bottle
and socks and that sort of thing do get washed every night, but
always write your name on the label or you will never see your tights
again. They are also flame proof, which is a good job too, as fairies
always appear in a puff of smoke.
tell you more about costumes another day - told you I had a lot
to say! Better get driving to Cambridge as it's started to snow!
the show opens and I've got a cold. Luckily not a full blown streamer,
but every time I blow my nose glitter comes out (see 7th December!).
last couple of days have been very long indeed, not helped by me.
I'm so scared of getting stuck on the A14 that I've been setting
off early and missing out on valuable fairy zzz's. This stems back
to the days when I presented Sooty and a nasty accident on the A12
meant I missed the show, it was a horrible feeling and not one I'd
wish to repeat.
(one of the dancers), Kelly (the Munchkin Mayor) and I wandered
the streets of Cambridge last night; the car park is £20 if
you leave before 8.30pm and £3 if you leave after 8.30pm and
that soon adds up over a month. And so there we were, lost panto
souls looking for a Pizza Express... the possible origin of my cold.
excitement of the first show with an audience is building now. People
keep popping into the dressing room to visit us - possibly because
we have tea bags and a kettle (thanks to Kelly's dad). Flowers and
good luck cards are arriving. Two big bunches for me, HURRAH! People
are rushing around even more now and many seem to have habits that
come to light around this time - like family pictures they put up
and bringing in a dressing gown given to them by a panto dame 25
years ago, that sort of thing. The weirdest of these belongs to
Jess (Dorothy), whose Mum posted her a parcel which turned out to
be 'Lucky Barbie'. Me
? All I have is a box of tissues and
some apricots for later - very boring.
Goddard has visited every dressing room with a specially made t-shirt
with "The Wizard of Oz" written on it and a good luck
card with a recipe for "Waffles" on the back - very thoughtful,
organised and useful. Jane Asher would never have thought of that.
go as a mystery blob of something black has appeared on my pale
pink dress and I should take it to Fiona (The Wardrobe Mistress).
. Oops I tried to wash the blob off myself. Now it's
a nasty mess. Think I should own up.
Cambridgeshire have dropped me in a camera to show you life backstage
so I'm going to take a few shots.
mins to curtain up, will let you know how it goes very soon!
Technical" or "Should I be singing in the dark?"
in Cambridge we begin the longest part of the rehearsal period called
"The Tech". This is where the scenery, lights, sound,
actors and musicians come together for the first time, and try to
make the whole jumble look like a show. This takes hours, as you
often have to go back and do bits again. A good tip is to always
stand where you are told to and remember to look for a piece of
tape or blob of paint on the stage to stand on each time or trust
me, you'll be singing in the dark if you don't!
called until 10pm tonight, so I'd better get the route home right
or I'll be sleeping at the theatre - that brings me neatly onto:
It's very important to make the dressing room like home as soon
as possible with cards and anything else you can think of. People
take this a little far sometimes and I have worked with a chap who
used to bring a tablecloth, full tea service and carpet, and if
you got invited to afternoon tea it was like meeting the Queen.
you share this sacred space with is also very important. The stars
are usually on their own and in some theatres are lucky enough to
have sofas, beds, TV, a fridge and the most sought after dressing
room accessory 'a window'! Those of us not so famous share the dressing
room with other cast members, and as long as they don't have any
odd habits, it's nice to have others to talk to when you are not
on stage. Don't expect a window though!
better go to bed as I'm starting to waffle and no day off is starting
to take its toll.
off to see the Wizard" or "Who knows where the theatre
is the first day for a week that I've seen daylight. London rehearsals
over. Today is the first day in Cambridge. So, blinking like a baby
mole let out into the sun, I set off up the A14 to rehearse at the
King Slocombe Dance School with the munchkins. How nice not to be
on the tube and in my warm Beetle with a bag of Jelly Tots and CD's
playing. But oh no, it couldn't be that easy
in the know told me to park at The Lion Yard car park. It's brilliantly
sign-posted until two streets before, and at that point I drove
around and around for 30 minutes passing the same bearded bloke
on a bike.
I did eventually find the car park (total luck), it was full of
Sunday Christmas shoppers and I had to park on level 9 (that's a
lot of steps for a fairy).
40 tap dancing children at the dance school made the journey worth
it. After trying to learn another dance routine (badly), Dorothy,
the Mayor of Munchkin land and myself went for a cuppa - before
I spent the next hour driving round in circles again, looking for
an A14 sign. Giving up, I went up and down the M11 both ways before
finding the way back to my Mum's.
to Cambridge tomorrow and it should be a good day if I can find
the Yellow Brick road, I mean the Lion Yard.
"Taking Shape" or "Two left feet and a wand".
we started where we left off yesterday. The show is taking shape
at a rapid pace now, and I think by the end of the week we will
be able to make an attempt at running the whole show (minus 20 munchkins
who will be joining us in Cambridge!).
always strange when you work with people you've seen on the telly
and you secretly hope they will be nice. Luckily, this is the case
with Liza Goddard who's playing the Wicked Witch and I'm happy to
report to you all that she isn't a Wicked Witch at all. In fact,
she's a very hard worker and has dogs (always a good sign in my
really enjoying the day, until I found out that I had to dance.
Now, I'm not the worst dancer in the world, but I'm still rustier
than a Tin Man. So, bearing in mind I will have on a large pink
dress, and be holding a four-foot wand - it wasn't the best news.
I'm sure if any of the professional dancers in the show are reading
this when they have picked themselves off the floor and stopped
laughing they will wonder why I'm making such a fuss about a few
steps, so I'd like to remind them they are dancers and I'm a fairy,
whoever heard of a dancing fairy? Pah!
feeling quite pleased with myself having mastered half the dance
routine (thanks to the patience of Jackie, a very good dancer) and
I felt a surge of relief, until, that is, the director told us we'd
be learning the other half of the routine on Sunday in Cambridge
with the munchkins!
Mum, Christmas shopping is cancelled. There's no rest for a good
Bussell (Liana x)
"First day of rehearsals" or "Sorry, is that my
been a long, busy day. I got up at 5.30 (yep you heard right 5.30AM!)
to catch the train from Harwich to Waterloo for the first day of
a mixture of tired and excited. The rehearsal room we're using at
the Old Vic is up about 10 flights of stairs to the top of the building.
There is an amazing Victorian glass roof and ballet mirrors the
full length of one wall.
is a very small country, inhabited by people who for the most part
have worked with each other before, or that have a mutual friend
in common who worked with you the year before. (Or probably snogged
your friend the year before!).
it was nice to see a few familiar faces. A fantastic director, Alan
Harding, directed me in "Aladdin" in Bradford four years
ago. I also know Tony Kemp who is playing my husband "Uncle
Henry". He'd been my hubby two years ago in St. Albans, so
we're good mates.
full company sits together in a circle with a cup of tea and then
read through the script to get an idea of who's playing who, and
which scenes fit where. As soon as that's out of the way we start
'blocking', this means the director tells us where we come from
and go off. This is very useful as it makes sure we don't bump into
each other and that the audience will be able to see all the action
clearly without an important scene happening behind a cart. You
get the picture?
had time to go through my songs for the first time before clinging
to the side of the tube again for the return journey. Then bed before
the whole thing begins again...
"Follow The Yellow Brick Road"... or "M6, A50,
car's packed and I'm just about to leave for Pantoland. After all
these years of working away from home, I'm still rubbish at packing!
Seven coats and nine pairs of shoes! Fairies need shoes, that's
my excuse and I'm sticking to it!
goodbye to my husband and home never gets any easier, but I know
I will love it when I get there. Think I've got everything...?
to pack fairy essentials
fairy has certain things she just can't do without. These are as
First rule - always buy the best. They need to be sturdy, long and
black. Too short and they are not worth the bother of peeling the
glue off your eyelids every night and they won't show up from the
stage. Too long and you may stab yourself in the eye.
Face Glitter: Now you have to get this right. If the pieces
are too big they just fall off. Too small and you need loads so
when you wipe it off it takes three layers of skin with it. Don't
ever use the gel with glitter in it, as so few pieces are in the
gel it looks like chicken pox when layered on your face. It also
gives you a strange shine under the lights, not to mention a nasty
rash that lasts until June. Talking of June, that's about the time
you will stop finding glitter in your teeth, car and knickers after
the panto's finished.
Wand, Tiara and Dress: These will be provided by the panto
company, which is a good job as the car is full of shoes!
that's everything! First day of rehearsals tomorrow, so I'd better
get going. Of course, by Stoke On Trent I'll realise that I've left
something really important.
For me, Christmas means one thing (apart from it being my birthday
on Christmas day!). Most of the build-up revolves around that great
British tradition; the pantomime!
of my earliest memories are from my dad's annual work outings to
the Norwich Theatre Royal to watch the pantomime. The journey from
Harwich to Norwich seemed vast and even if I was sick on the way
it was always worth it!
there I'd sit; transfixed as "Benny" from Crossroads waved
Cinders off to the ball. I could hear my heart beating faster. I'd
never get up to go to the loo, and I didn't even want a choc-ice
or any of my brother's sherbet lemons. It was suddenly all too clear
I WANTED TO BE THE FAIRY GODMOTHER, AND I WANTED TO HELP CINDERS
GO TO THE BALL!
was my epiphany at age eight. I had so many questions:
1) Is it ok for fairies to come from Harwich?
2) Do they go to comprehensive schools?
3) What qualifications do fairies need?
years later I needed to see the school careers officer. I explained
my lofty ambitions with great gusto... he looked at me and muttered
something about typing (I should have listened). I realised then
that I was on my own.
operatic societies of various sizes, spent a harrowing three years
at drama school in London, managed to get an agent or two and had
to suffer loads of auditions... worse than Pop Idol by miles!
it happened; I got my first part in a professional pantomime playing
Wendy in Peter Pan at the Forum Theatre in Manchester. No wand and
only a small amount of glitter - but hey - I did get to fly 15ft
above the stage on the end of a wire... always a bit unpredictable
as you never know how enthusiastic the stagehand is going to be
on the other end of the rope! Luckily I only crashed into the scenery
on a couple of occasions (nothing broken, only my pride) - oh -
and I eventually married the chap on the other end of the rope;
very wise move!
Wizard Of Oz at the Cambridge Corn Exchange marks my eighth year
in panto and over the next few weeks with the help of BBC Cambridgeshire
you'll be sharing the panto season with me. From rehearsals at the
Old Vic in London to opening night nerves and backstage antics,
I'll also be answering those questions you've always wanted to ask
a panto fairy, like "what's the best glitter to use in your
start rehearsals on the 8th December; I've got the script so see
out Liana's backstage photo gallery »
back next week for the following instalment of Liana's panto diary.
She'll be revealing what goes on behind the scenes with photos,
thoughts and a bit of gossip!