Buxton dancer’s panto wish is granted

Amelia Fitzgerald (left) at her first rehearsal for the pantomime alongside Whaley Bridge dancer, Liberty Hall.
Amelia Fitzgerald (left) at her first rehearsal for the pantomime alongside Whaley Bridge dancer, Liberty Hall.

A talented dancer from Buxton has beaten off strong competition for the chance to perform on the Buxton Opera House stage in front of thousands of people.

Amelia Fitzgerald danced her way to success - against dancers from across Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - to land a part in the chorus for the Christmas pantomime, Aladdin.

The multi-talented Lady Manners School pupil excels in many dance styles including ballet and modern, and also enjoys performing as a musician in the Intermediate String Orchestra at the Peak District Music Centre.

Amelia said: “Dancing in front of the home crowd and feeling the atmosphere and excitement that panto and the festive season brings, gives me a real buzz. I hope people come and enjoy the show.”

The dancer is no stranger to the opera house stage, as a member of the Young Company Musical Theatre Group, and Aladdin marks her fourth year in the Buxton pantomime chorus.

Treading the boards alongside Amelia will be Kelsey-Beth Crossley, of The Voice and Emmerdale fame, starring as Princess Jasmine, while James Homes who played restaurant-owner Clive Evans in the comedy series Miranda, will play the role of Dame.

The 20-strong dancing chorus is busy rehearsing ahead of the opening performance on Saturday.

Tickets, priced from £17.50 to £22.50, are available on 01298 72190 or at www.
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.