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NOW we’ve moved past the spooks and ghouls of Hal­lowe’en, there’s def­i­nitely a more fes­tive feel at the Lit­tle this week as Maghull Mu­si­cal The­atre Com­pany present White Christ­mas.

The fa­mous mu­si­cal opens to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7) and runs un­til Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 with both a mat­inée and evening per­for­mance giv­ing you two chances to en­joy this won­der­ful show.

This clas­sic tale, brought to the big screen in 1954, is a real fam­ily af­fair for the com­pany as well as the au­di­ence.

Di­rec­tor Ian Cul­shaw first ap­proached Maghull MTC in 1992 when he brought his chil­dren to au­di­tion for their pro­duc­tion of The Sound of Mu­sic.

His son Neil made the cut but his daugh­ter Sarah was not suc­cess­ful.

Ian helped out back­stage for the show and was per­suaded to per­form the fol­low­ing year as they needed more Guys to play op­po­site some Dolls.

His wife Gill came along to help at re­hearsals and was even­tu­ally per­suaded to tread the boards in 2004.

Un­de­terred by not be­ing a Von Trapp, in 1995 their daugh­ter Sarah made the cast of An­nie Get Your Gun and has never looked back.

She has had mul­ti­ple award nom­i­na­tions for her won­der­ful chore­og­ra­phy and takes this role again for White Christ­mas fol­low­ing her lead role on stage in Thor­oughly Mod­ern Mil­lie ear­lier this year.

In 2002 Eric Fletcher joined the so­ci­ety for their pro­duc­tion of An­nie.

Sarah and Eric be­came friends then over time fell in love.

Eric pro­posed on stage and they were mar­ried in 2015.

Sarah and Eric have re­cently grown one Rose, their daugh­ter, but Alexan­dra Ashall, who plays Betty Haynes, has dozens – as she owns and man­ages her own florist, Alexan­dra Mays of Maghull.

This is her tenth year with MMTC. She met her hus­band Lee, who takes the role of Bob Wal­lace, off­stage but per­suaded him to join her in 2011.

In a de­light­ful co­in­ci­dence this show was also Guys and Dolls and the Ashalls also tied the knot in 2015.

Their real-life chem­istry is an added bonus to their beau­ti­ful per­for­mances.

Alex McKil­lop and So­phie Grant play the other prin­ci­pal cou­ple, Phil Davis and Judy Haynes.

Un­like Lee and Alexan­dra their re­la­tion­ship is con­fined to the stage al­though Alex’s real-life fi­ancée Alice also ap­pears in the show as Rita.

Adam Dutch is there as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor to make sure they’re all in per­fect har­mony.

Come and see for your­self and ease your­self into the fes­tive sea­son with this fab­u­lous, feel-good show.

White Christ­mas runs from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day, Novem­ber 7-10.

Tick­ets are on sale at the Lit­tle The­atre box of­fice from 11am each day – ring 01704 530521/530460.

Lee and Alexan­dra Ashall, So­phie Grant and Alex McKil­lop


Ian Cul­shaw, Sarah Fletcher and Adam Dutch

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