It may not be panto season yet – but rehearsals are under way and actors donned their costumes for the launch of Rotherham Civic’s 2013 production of Beauty and Beast.
Cast members include former Coronation Street actor Oliver Mellor ,who played dishy doctor Matt Carter and has been cast as The Beast.
Oliver said: “I love the unpredictability of panto.
“You never know how the audience is going to react and it’s great when they participate.”
Oliver said he hoped the storyline would attract theatre goers.
The 32-year-old said: “It’s a classic love story: the beautiful girl, the evil villain and then there are the colourful comedy characters.”
But Oliver, from Berkshire, admitted the cast had high standards to live up to after the success of Peter Pan last year.
He said: “There’s always pressure to make the local theatre proud. We have to live up to expectations.”
The show runs from December 13 to January 12.
For tickets see www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk, call 01709 823621, or visit the box office.