The Sands Centre reveal panto cast for Sleeping Beauty!
A sleeping princess, a loveable rogue and a rough-around-the-edges Dame... it can only be the return of the Carlisle pantomime!
The fairytale classic Sleeping Beauty will be brought to life at the Sands Centre, for what is the region's biggest pantomime.
This year's production - which will feature 3D for the first time - will host a range of stars including Eastenders Cheryl Fergison - known for her role as Heather Trott - 911 frontman Lee Brennan, Peppa Pig's Emma Grace Arends and pantomime veteran and CFM star Robbie Dee. Returning for another year will be the lovable Dean Winters who will take on another comedic role - that of the Jester - for the Cumbrian crowds.
No stranger to the stage, Fergison admitted that this year she is looking forward to dropping her usual nice lady act and taking on a new challenge.
"This is the first time I have been to Cumbria. I tour all over the place and I've passed through numerous times but never stopped off, so it will be lovely to stay.
"I've heard the audiences here are really up for it and with my role I'm looking forward to being evil. You'll see lots of what I call nasty looking looks, I've taken a lot of my style from my Eastenders friend Shirley."
Following the success of last years' Jack and the Beanstalk production, funny man Dean Winters revealed that he was delighted to be invited back to for winter 2017.
"I think as the humorous one in the show, you've got to have a bit of topical humour," he said. "You can also get away with anything when you're the 'funny one' so I look forward to seeing what we can sneak in again this time."
Known as the 'voice of Carlisle' on the airways, panto regular Robbie Dee will be celebrating his 25th pantomime appearance this winter and also a contract signing him to the next three years of productions here in the county.
"This year is year 15 for me and then I will appear at a further two Christmas' at The Sands Centre so it's fantastic to be still going," he said.
"I've done shows with 3D before, it's amazing that Carlisle will now experience this too."
Carlisle's very own Prince Charming Lee Brennan will take to the stage as part of this year's production - and is delighted to be able to relax after rehearsals in his own home, having moved back to Carlisle three days ago.
He told the: "It's great to be back in Carlisle, I'm now based here which is great as I can spend Christmas with my family and I'm looking forward to singing songs which aren't just 911 tracks.
"This show is a great chance to take on some musical theatre tracks."
Sleeping Beauty will be on at The Sands Centre from Monday, December 11 until Sunday, December 31.