Introducing your creative team for #YourSkegnessPanto 2024

Pollyanne Trapmore-Shaw | Executive Producer on behalf of Magna Vitae (since 2017)

As an avid consumer and advocate for the arts, culture and entertainment in Lincolnshire, Pollyanne is known locally for her professional role of Theatre Manager at the Magna Vitae Embassy Theatre and is keen to see a dynamic combination of professional international and local creative talents working to provide continuing quality, opportunities and sustainable practices.

Rebecca Andrews | Director (returning)

Rebecca Andrews trained at Italia Conti and went on to achieve a BAhons degree in Musical Theatre at London Studio Centre. Rebecca has just finished working with Jason Momoa on a project for “Yas Island” in Abu Dhabi. 

Rebecca worked as Producer on a new play ‘Going Ape’ with producer Andrew Corbet Burcher  with Director Evan Ensign in London’s West End and also produced and directed the London premier of ‘Fatbusters the Musical’ in Tottenham Court Road and ‘Personals’ at the Landor Theatre which received 5 star reviews.  Rebecca is co producer of ‘Music Box’ and works closely with Google and Facebook providing a lot of their entertainment.  

Rebecca has toured all over the world headlining as an opera singer in VOCE and was lead vocalist with the Barricade boys on their New Zealand Tour.  


In addition to multiple regional stage credits (including Fairy Godmother in Cinderella 2018 at The Embassy Theatre, Skegness) Rebecca’s television credits include lead in “Sketch at every turn” (Zen Arts & County Hall Arts) Elizabeth in “Picture the Scene” (JBlackmedia film) “YOLO” (BBC3 Pilot), ’Misconduct’ (BFI Feature Film), lead hero in ‘KBC bank’ commercial, Jodie in ‘Plastic Gangsters’ (Shed productions TV Pilot), ‘Real Talk’ (Youtube series), Dancer/vocalist for the “X Factor” (ITV), Dancer for ‘Pixie Lott’ (Mercury Records), Chloe in “The Date’ (Minimamoth Productions) Lead actress for ‘Virgin Media’ (Internet) 


Rebecca is extremely happy to be returning to direct again this Christmas! 


James Houlbrooke | Choreographer (2024) 

James’ love of theatre started at the tender age of three. James went on to train at Pattison College in classical dance before training at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, achieving a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. Since then he has gone on to work professionally as a performer and choreographer working with various production companies. 

Some of his production credits include O’ Rourke in “Face The Music” (All Star Productions) in which he was nominated for an Off West End Award for ‘Best Supporting Male’, Enoch Snow Jr./Dance Captain in “Carousel” (Landor Theatre), and Den And Mr Fletcher in “Newland” (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). 

James has worked as choreographer for a range of professional productions including Lucky Stiff (Landor Theatre), Cole Porter’s Jubilee (Tabard Theatre), A Christmas Carol (UK Tour and West End) and the world premiere of ‘Fables For A Boy’ at The Lost Theatre, London.  Most recently James choreographed a commercial for leading denim brand Lee Cooper. He has choreographed a range of productions for Brilliant Theatre Arts which include We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, Our House,   Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Grease and Rock Of Ages. He has also been Choreographer and featured performer for Imagine Theatre’s pantomimes for many years, taking on a variety of roles all over the country. 

James is no stranger to Skegness and pantomime after playing The Genie in Aladdin, Buttons in Cinderella and The Fabulous Fairy in Sleeping Beauty; he is looking forward to returning to The Embassy Theatre for Dick Whittington but this time as part of the creative team. 

Cameron Hall | Script (returning) 

After training at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Cameron went on to perform in shows and musicals across the world including Chicago the Musical, Mamma Mia, Tango Buenos Aires and An Evening with Anton Du Beke. He has also performed on a number of cruise ships and appeared in countless pantomimes.

Cameron fast became a sought after choreographer and Creative Director within the industry with credits including hit West End production All Or Nothing, the UK revival of Personals The Musical and the world premiere of FatBusters The Musical. He is also the producer and artistic director of Legends and Divas In Concert here at the Embassy Theatre, having entertained people with the same production across the seven seas. Cameron has also created work for the BBC, ITV and Royal Caribbean. He’s worked alongside Arlene Phillips, Danny Dyer and Kimberly Wyatt.

Cameron is a proud advocate of the arts and is Patron of the North Lindsey Dance company. He has recently settled in Spain where he has opened his own dance academy Baila con Cameron, and is co-founder of a new studio called The Space, Valencia.

Cameron has “worn many hats” over the past years on the creative team; from script writing to directing, choreographing and costuming!


Samantha Beeson | Vocal Director (2024) 

Samantha has been a professional vocalist for over 20 years with a host of experience on the west end, international tours and tributes circuit.

Principal and Director of The Biz school of performing arts in Boston Samantha is also a qualified and experienced vocal coach and can’t wait to be part of the Panto magic at The Embassy Theatre in Skegness this Christmas.

Magna Vitae Productions; about us …

In 2017, the Embassy Theatre embarked on a new venture which marked a historic moment for our venue. Dispensing with tradition as a theatre that was solely a receiving house, the first step was made to deliver an in-house pantomime as Magna Vitae Productions.

Utilising the skills and experience within the Embassy Theatre team, bringing our audiences a heightened experience – we strive to deliver the most opulent and spectacular professional pantomimes ever seen on this stage by a strong, professional creative team and cast with additional opportunities for local talent to shine.

Past productions

Magna Vitae Productions – 2023

Magna Vitae Productions – 2022

Magna Vitae Productions – 2021

Magna Vitae Productions – 2019

Magna Vitae Productions – 2018

Magna Vitae Productions – 2017