This year’s panto has the X Fac­tor, oh yes it has...

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISIRE -

THIS year’s panto at Ayles­bury’s Water­side Theatre will cer­tainly have the x-fac­tor fea­tur­ing a for­mer win­ner and a fi­nal­ist. Win­ner of the 2013 X Fac­tor se­ries Sam Bai­ley will be tak­ing on the role of Fairy Bow­bells and mak­ing her pan­tomime de­but in this year’s fes­tive fam­ily pro­duc­tion, Dick Whit­ting­ton, from De­cem­ber 11 to Jan­uary 3.

Sam wowed the X Fac­tor judges and the na­tion with her pow­er­house of a voice in 2013 with Gary Bar­low call­ing her voice ‘in­cred­i­ble’ and Ni­cole Scherzinger say­ing ‘Sam Bai­ley, ev­ery­body re­mem­ber that name’.

Sam won the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing the large ma­jor­ity of the votes. Her de­but sin­gle Sky­scraper was re­leased the fol­low­ing Mon­day and went straight to the top of the charts, mak­ing it the Christ­mas num­ber one. She has since sup­ported Bey­oncé on her UK tour, had her own num­ber one al­bum, live tour and re­leased an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Sam said: ‘I am so ex­cited to be ap­pear­ing in pan­tomime for the first time. I love per­form­ing in front of a live au­di­ence and to see peo­ple of all ages hav­ing a won­der­ful time over Christ­mas is go­ing to be bril­liant.

“I know my kids will love see­ing their mummy dressed up in the sparkly cos­tume, and I can’t wait to try my fairy wings on.’

Sam will be joined by Buck­ing­hamshire’s very own funny man and comic panto king, Andy Collins play­ing Idle Jack, and re­turn­ing due to pop­u­lar de­mand for what will be his fifth year, and fi­nally, play­ing panto bad­die, Queen Rat, will be X Fac­tor 2013 fi­nal­ist Me­lanie Mas­son

Dick Whit­ting­ton, which is be­ing brought to the stage by First Fam­ily En­ter­tain­ment, tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an ex­cit­ing quest for fame and for­tune. Fea­tur­ing all the tra­di­tional pan­tomime in­gre­di­ents; sen­sa­tional songs, a live band, daz­zling dance rou­tines, slap­stick com­edy and bags of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion – Dick Whit­ting­ton is guar­an­teed to be full of won­der to de­light au­di­ences of all ages.

Tick­ets are avail­able to book from the box of­fice on 0844 871 7607 or visit­gtick­­bury.

Photos by Steve Porter BA155569

Sam Bai­ley as Fairy Bow­bells. Be­low left Me­lanie Mas­son as Queen Rat and right, Andy Collins as Idle Jack

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