Screen star Emma Samms to join cast of Everyman pantomime
Emma Samms, star of hit TV shows Dynasty and General Hospital, will be on stage at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham this Christmas, playing the Good Fairy in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Emma, who now lives in Gloucestershire, has brought her two children to the Everyman theatre for many years to see the pantomime and is thrilled to now be part of it.
The Hollywood actress said: “Every year the Everyman produces a pantomime that is truly magical. It’s everything a pantomime should be – gorgeous costumes, lovely singing and dancing and the funniest Dame I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliant fun for both children and adults and I feel very privileged to be involved.”
Emma Samms made a huge impact on TV in the 80’s when she played Fallon Carrington Colby in the primetime soap Dynasty alongside Joan Collins, John Forsythe and Linda Evans. She also starred in the spin-off, The Colbys and as Holly Sutton in the hit US show General Hospital.
Emma originally trained as a ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet School but was forced to stop due to an injury. For the past 15 years she has been concentrating on raising her two children but has also found time to appear in numerous films and television shows both in the US and UK, including a recent episode of Casualty. The former Miss Universe host also makes regular appearances on ITV’s Loose Women and BBC Radio 2 and starred in ‘Shall We Dance’ at the Sadlers Wells theatre in London, dancing with renowned dancer Adam Cooper in 2009.
On casting Emma, Geoffrey Rowe, Everyman theatre’s Chief Executive said:
“Emma and I got chatting and I was surprised to discover an American TV star would want to fly across the Everyman stage as the Good Fairy in our pantomime! Actually, Emma is English and lives locally. I’m delighted she’ll be joining us.
“Phil Clark (the director) and I met her. She can act, she can sing, she can certainly dance and she realised that we play at least 10 shows a week – so we handed her the magic wand and we start rehearsals in November!”
Jack and the Beanstalk - which opens on Friday, November 25 and runs until Sunday, January 8 - features lots of familiar faces from previous Everyman pantomimes and promises to be packed with songs, laughs, a beautiful girl or two and a comedy cow.
Tickets are available now from 012542 572573 or www.everymantheatre.org.uk
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