Life’s a drag for ac­tor

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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