North-east panto favourites Alan McHugh and Jordan Young are famed for their bare-faced cheek on stage – but the rehearsals are a little bit hairier than usual on stage at His Majesty’s Theatre.
For the two actors – starring in the hugely-popular Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – are both growing moustaches for the national Movember campaign and are committed to cultivating their facial hair for the entire month, in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.
“Luckily, the panto opens on the first of December, so we can shave off the moustaches in time for opening night, but it does mean we are rehearsing with whiskers!” said Alan, who plays the dame, Sweaty Betty and has taken up the Movember cause following the death of a friend’s father from prostate cancer.
“I’ve never had a moustache before, though APA has been responsible for my having beards in the past for Sunset Song and Silver Darlings!” he added.
“I have been getting one or two funny looks during rehearsals but I am more than happy to endure the ridicule and weird looks for such a good cause.”
And Jordan – who plays Boabby in the panto - added: “It’s an absolutely fantastic cause, raising money to tackle such a dreadful disease – cancer. Anything that I can raise to go towards that is great.
“And I can’t resist looking like a Mexican for the month of November!”
Alan and Jordan are registered with Movember as HMT Panto Pals and supporters can donate to the cause online at http://mobro.co/6388213
An annual campaign to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world.
Once registered at movember.com each participant must begin November 1 with a clean shaven face and for the entire month, grow and groom a moustache.
There are strict rules – there’s to be no joining of the mo to the sideburns (that’s considered a beard), there’s to be no joining of the handlebars to the chin (that’s considered a goatee) and each participant must conduct himself like a true gentleman.
The guys effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November to raise awareness of the oft-ignored issue of men’s health.
Alan and Jordan star alongside Elaine C Smith as the Wicked Queen and Tom McGovern as her First Minister Alex Mackerel in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is already heading to break Box Office records before it opens on December 1.
And there’s a touch of déjà vu for Alan - now the HMT Dame for nine years in a row – for his first Aberdeen panto was Snow White back in 2004.
With APA, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world's foremost pantomime producer, and staged by the same team behind the last five record-breaking pantos at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at His Majesty’s Theatre from Saturday (December 1) to Sunday, January 6, and tickets 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.