A vital ingredient for every successful panto is a Director with a passion for the art form and an eye for all things funny- good news people of Bucks and beyond, you've got just that!
Director Chris Nelson, is returning to work his magic on this year's magical pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Fri 8 - Sun 31 Dec - for the 4th time!
Having directed the last three festive productions at the Waterside, Chris is well-known for injecting his trademark humour across as many scenes and as many characters as possible, whilst maintaining the traditional elements of panto everyone knows and loves - OH YES HE DOES!
Here's an interview with the main man himself:
How does the venue compare to other theatres you've directed/ performed in?
The venue is so impressive, it's modern and I love the feel of it and the design. I love the relationship between us as a performing team and all the staff. I have been hugely lucky to work and direct at some amazing venues, but this feels like home to me.
What do you think of the Aylesbury audiences?
They're so fun! They give us so much energy and really support us. The amount of people who approach us after a show and encourage us is really special. The minute I was asked back I called Andy (Collins) and said we have to nail this year's show for the audience who have stayed with us and grown year after year. We are proud to represent Aylesbury and have a panto the region can say is their very own.
Can you give us a summary of the directing process - from script tweaking to performance?
It's a long
process, I had my first meeting back in March and it's now my job to develop
the show with the production company. I know how Andy & La Voix work so I
can begin to plan for them and I've met with the fabulous Su Pollard as well to
go through her ideas. It's a team effort and my job is to look at it all and
think about what will make the audience laugh.
Have you directed a Snow White before - what are you looking forward to about the show?
This is a first for me this year! 16 years of panto and I finally get to work on Snow White. I'm looking forward to all of it, but getting Andy dancing is always a highlight for me. He's a great friend but I do love to see his face when I get him running about and dancing to silly songs!
Have you worked with the cast before? What can we expect from them?
year was a huge success with La Voix and Andy so putting them back together
made perfect sense. We are delighted to be joined by Su this year who's a
legend and very funny. I have been allowed to bring old friends back as
Choreographer and Musical Director so you have a team of friends who all want
to entertain the masses. Hopefully with my shows you know you'll get tonnes of
energy and heart, and this year we aim to continue that and make it even
What made you want to return to Aylesbury?
The hot chocolate Front of House of course.... No, I genuinely love it here and if I didn't get the opportunity to come back this year, I'd have taken a year off instead as I'd miss it too much!
What can audiences expect from this year's festive family pantomime?
Bundles of laughter, brilliant songs, a magical tale and maybe, just maybe, a pot and a pan.... a bra made for three - and some water...!
Tickets are selling fast, pick up your shovel and your pick and book now for this year's magical, must-see family pantomime!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from 08 December 2017 to 31 December 2017 at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.