Two Peterhead pals are set to take the stage as principle performers in this year’s student show, Mary Torphins, at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen – before directing and choreographing their first joint production for the Peterhead Christmas panto Sleeping Beauty.
Graphic designer Alasdair Corbett is juggling his role as leading man Dick Van Donald in the student show – which begins a four-day run at the city Theatre on Wednesday, April 18 – with his directorial debut in this year’s Peterhead pantomime.
He had previously been on the production team for set design and starred in six pantos – often playing the comedy role – Alasdair wanted to put his own touch on this year’s pantomime and even helped to write the script.
And first on Alasdair’s production dream team was Robert Gordons University management and marketing student Chris Cameron (21), who is also currently busy rehearsing for Mary Torphins in which he plays the principal role of youngster Kirk Hill.
Chris has notched up 10 previous pantomime performances including playing the title role in Aladdin, at the same time as choreographing the show, to rave reviews.
Having been friends since school and starred in various shows together Alasdair and Chris are excited to be part of this year’s production team alongside their school friends vocal coach Gillian Park and chorus mistress Jenna Rafferty.
The cast might be worried that putting four young friends together to produce the famed Peterhead pantomime would be risky but the foursome are all excited and enthusiastic and looking forward to getting started.
Chris commented: “We’ve all been doing panto for years and are all very passionate about it. We really just want to add a vibrant and fresh feel to the show!”
The production team also includes Christine Small will be reprising her role as producer and Marie Peacock will be helping Alasdair as assistant director.
They’re hoping to persuade two other student show stalwarts to join the panto crew – director Ryan Peacock, Marie’s son, and last year’s panto star Vikki Davidson who plays Nan in Mary Torphins.
Alasdair said: “We’d love to have Ryan and Vicki on board - they’ve both done panto before and are both terrific at it! Although it would be strange directing Ryan for a change - maybe I’d leave that to his mum!”
Tickets for Mary Torphins at His Majesty’s Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, April 18 to 21 are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.