Life’s a drag for actor
Castlemilk actor Gary Lamont has started getting his glad-rags on.
The River City star will be appearing in pantomime again this year at the Pavilion Theatre.
And he’ll be trying to prove there’s nothing like a dame as he plays Nanny Nae Nonsense in the show Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.
Gary’s character is charged with looking after two mischievous kids, Hev and Kev (played by Michelle Gallagher and Stephen Purdon).
Unfortunately two bumbling burglars Marvin and Hank (Leah MacRae and Tyler Collins) plan to kidnap the children and hold them to ransom.
Help is at hand from Santa’s little helper, Elfie the Selfie (Johnny Mac) ably assisted by the Magical Fairy Bell (Nicola Park) but time is running out as they must find them and return then safely home for the arrival of Santa Claus.
The show looks set to deliver pantomime fun at in true Pavilion style, full of slapstick comedy and traditional Christmas songs like Jingle Bells, Lonely This Christmas, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
This is Gary’s second year in the Pavilion panto, after he played Mrs Birdseed in a production of Treasure Island last year.
However he’s a veteran of panto performances in general, having performed in shows all across Scotland.
He raved about the experience to the Reformer several months ago.
He said: “It’s such a buzz, and that’s ultimately why performers do it, year on year.
“It’s one of the hardest jobs you’re ever likely to do, though, with the energy levels it takes, and you need to have good stamina for it.
“But it’s such a laugh too, and there’s times when you stand on stage and wonder, ‘Am I really getting paid to be here and enjoy myself so much?’”
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town will run at the Pavilion from November 252015 until 17th January 2016 .
Star Gary Lamont