2017 is a very big and exciting year for the Embassy Theatre; aside from approximately 200 live events, star names and 3 West end tours we also embark on a new venture which marks a historic moment in our tradition of being solely a receiving house – this is about to change; the first step being through delivery of our annual pantomime.
Utilizing the skills and experience within the new Embassy Theatre team to give our audiences a heightened experience – Aladdin will be the most opulent and spectacular professional pantomime ever seen on this stage delivered by a strong, professional creative team and cast with additional opportunities for local talent to shine. On behalf of Magna Vitae Productions I am delighted to present to you our creative team and our headline sponsor for 2017.
Pollyanne Trapmore-Shaw – Executive Producer
Matt Oscroft – Production Manager
Matt has recently moved back to theatre after spending seventeen years in the world of corporate entertainment, working for one of UK’s leading production companies. As senior Production Manager Matt had the pleasure of working on many major productions both in the UK and Overseas.
Although a production all-rounder Matts main passion lies in Lighting Design, working with many artistes as Black Eyed Peas, Olly Murs and the Kaiser Chiefs. Prior to this Matt worked at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham for six years, where his Theatre credits included, Cats, Aspects of Love, Sweeney Todd and many more West End touring productions.
In 2015 Matt took on the role of Technical Production Manager at the Embassy Theatre, now facilitating all the production requirements for both internal and external companies that use the venue. Matt is excited to be a part of the production team for Magna Vitae Productions first Pantomime Aladdin.
Gary Starr – Writer / Director
Gary Starr makes his Embassy Theatre writing and Directorial debut. A writer and producer in his own right, Gary looks forward to bringing this new and exciting new show to the Skegness stage.
Gary has built and now owns his own Theatre in Skegness “Neverland” and is no stranger to pantomime, running his own successful touring pantomime company, writing, producing and appearing in his own productions.
As well as a theatre owner, Gary also writes produces, directs and creates many shows and is currently writing a new gothic horror play “Dracula – the Carpathian Chronicles” which will be on stage in July 2017.
Gary is so excited to be part of the creative team in this fabulous festive Pantomime and hopes you love our brand new production of Aladdin at the Embassy Theatre.
Sonum Batra – Composer / Musical Director
Sonum studied music at King’s College London, specialising in piano and composition with tutors at the Royal Academy of Music.
Recent credits as MD/pianist include: Fatbusters the musical (St Giles in the Field, London) Katt In Kixx (Stratford Circus) Bend it Like Beckham (workshop, Dominion Theatre), Shakin’ The Blues Away (London Met), Flo White and the Seven Dawgs (Dugdale Centre Enfield), They’re Playing Our Song (Catford Broadway Theatre), Syn-da-Rilla (Dugdale Centre Enfield), John and Jen
(Rosemary Branch Theatre), Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic AMD), Avenue Q, Xanadu, Singin’ in the Rain, Honk, Captain Louis, Really Rosie and Mulan (all at Frenchwoods Performing Arts, New York).
Recent credits as composer include: Not the End of the World (Edinburgh Fringe), Rare Dreams and Persona both for Youth Music Theatre UK and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Warhorse Theatre Works).
Sonum regularly teaches piano and singing and as audition pianist/accompanist she works nationwide.
Andrew Davison – Choreographer
Andrew trained at the Janice Sutton Theatre School in Skegness, where he is now proud to be a teacher and an Associate of the IDTA.
Andrew’s professional performing career has included summer season’s, Pantomime and sailing around the world with Carnival Cruise Lines as Dance Captain. He has a long link to the Embassy Theatre, as it is where his theatrical journey started as boy babe in Babes In The Wood, plus summer and Christmas shows with Janice Sutton Productions. And the adventure continues with choreographing productions in this wonderful venue.
Andrew is very excited to be working with the new Magna Vitae Productions to create a spectacular theatrical experience.
Choreography credits include full-scale musical productions of Annie and Oliver. Professional Pantomime and summer season song and dance reviews.
Our Headline Sponsor – Hildreds Centre, Skegness
The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness opened its doors to the public in 1988 and since then has been welcoming over 4 million customers every year. Comprising of 30 well known stores, this makes it the Heart of Shopping in Skegness.
“We are thrilled to be supporting the Embassy Theatre deliver yet another magical family Pantomime this December” said centre Manager Steve Andrews “Shoppers can actually begin their Eastern adventure from November 30th when the Hildreds Centre transforms into Aladdin’s Cave of Wonders for the town Christmas Illuminations Switch On.” he added.
The Hildreds Centre, Skegness was awarded a unique prize for it’s 2004 / 2005 Christmas displays, beating all other Shopping Centres in a competition organised by the British Council of Shopping Centres. Since then, the staff at the Hildreds have designed and built all of the displays themselves.