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Feisty Snow White just right for Lucy; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the festive offering at the Playhouse Whitley Bay this year. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR has the details.

WILL Snow White meet her Prince Charming? Will the dwarfs overcome the Wicked Queen's Magic spells? There's only one way to find out.

Get along to the Playhouse Whitley Bay, sponsored by the Evening Chronicle, and find out.

Starring Jonny Freeman as Prince Charming; Waterloo Road's Lucy Dixon as Snow White; Anne Orwin from Byker Grove as the Wicked Queen; and North East comic Steve Walls as Muddles, a cracking show is surely on the cards.

Lucy is best known as cocky schoolgirl Danielle Harker from the popular BBC series Waterloo Road.

Manchester born and bred, she visited family friends in Whitley Bay as a youngster and is pleased to be returning, saying: "I'm so excited to be coming back. I can't think of anywhere friendlier than Newcastle and its surrounding areas.

"Snow White was my favourite fairy tale princess as a child so I am over the moon to be playing her. I used to dress up lots when I was little and if the six-yearold me could see me now, she'd be extremely excited!" Lucy wants her Snow White to be someone the children in the audience can look up to. "She is a confident character, someone who isn't just completed by the Prince, but strong-willed and independent."

Jonny Freeman plays the Prince. Jonny is best known as team leader Frank London in hit BBC children's show MI High.

Snow White is his first panto and aside from a successful acting career he works as a stand-up comedian, notably as the resident compere for The Funny Side comedy clubs and is a member of the popular impro comedy troupe Shotgun Impro, who perform Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style fastpaced comedy Playing the Wicked Queen, the character that everyone loves to hate, is Newcastle's own Anne Orwin, who is relishing playing a character who is the polar opposite of Lou, the loveable foster mum she played in Byker Grove for 16 years. She believes pantomime is important for children as it usually represents their first introduction to theatre.

"I'm really looking forward to the kids getting involved.

"Our version of Snow White is the traditional story with a modern twist; we want to make it an unforgettable experience for them."

Anne was a founder member of Newcastle's Live Theatre, has always loved to sing and has her own group, The Annie Orwin Band.

Playing Muddles is Wallsend lad Steve Walls, who has performed at the Sunderland Empire for the last few years and will be completing his 14th pantomime as principal comic with Snow White.

He describes Muddles as light hearted and determined: "Muddles is Snow White's best friend. He is very much in love with her and sets out on a mission to find her. He interacts a lot with the audience, getting them involved and towards the end of the show, will invite four children on stage to join in."

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs until January 3.

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Date:Dec 15, 2010
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