Fes­tive panto magic all set for Mother­well Civic

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - The Ticket - Lynn Love

Mother­well The­atre is get­ting ready to swing into ac­tion for the 2017 pan­tomime.

Com­edy ac­tor Ian ‘Sheepie’ Smith is con­firmed to be star­ring in this year’s Mother­well The­atre panto, Jack and the Beanstalk. A favourite among lo­cals, Sheepie has en­ter­tained au­di­ences for the last eight years, in roles such as Smee in the 2016 panto Peter Pan. With hu­mour that tran­scends gen­er­a­tions, Sheepie leaves kids and adults in stitches! If you love to laugh then don’t miss your chance to see Jack and the Beanstalk live at Mother­well The­atre from Novem­ber 17 to Jan­uary 7.

Sixty per cent of seats have sold out al­ready, so book now to avoid dis­ap­point­ment!

Ian said: “When I heard that this year Jack and the Beanstalk was com­ing to Mother­well The­atre I couldn’t wait to get back on the stage as Mud­dles, Jack’s silly brother.”

Pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor, Bev Ber­ridge added: “Jack and the Beanstalk is a clas­sic be­cause it has such great char­ac­ters, we have Sheepie in it as the comic, but we also have the great gi­ant who will scare every­one!”

He con­cluded: “This year’s pan­tomime will be the best yet, be­cause we have in­vested so much into it.”

Last year Ian sur­prised his un­sus­pect­ing girl­friend with a ro­man­tic on-stage pro­posal.

Af­ter care­ful plan­ning, which in­volved mak­ing sure both fam­i­lies were at the same per­for­mance, Ian sur­prised Laura McLu­cas with some help from his fel­low stage stars and as the cast be­gan their fi­nal bows, Ian moved cen­tre stage to share with the au­di­ence his love story with Laura.

As the au­di­ence cheered, Ian ran into the au­di­to­rium to bring Laura, 27, on stage.

He said: “This girl changed my life, you’re my soul mate, you’re my rock.

“What you don’t know is I’ve been plan­ning this since I knew I was com­ing back here, so Laura McLu­cas will you marry me?”

The whole event was also cap­tured on cam­era by Mother­well Civic Cen­tre care­taker Paul McNally.

Laura said: “My legs were like jelly when I went on stage. I hon­estly had no idea what was hap­pen­ing.

“Ian had plan­ning it for months. He had asked my dad in Au­gust if he could marry me and af­ter that it was all about plan­ning it.”

● To book your tick­ets for Jack and the Beanstalk visit: cul­turenl.co.uk/ jack-and- the-beanstalk/ or phone 01698 403120.

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