The Dorothys, the Wendys, the Tinkerbells, the Princesses – those are the roles that Sarah Brown loves to play.
“They have to tear the tiara off my head at the end of the run,” laughs Sarah who is Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing this winter.
She’s been doing panto for about ten years now and insists she never finds it hard work: “It can’t be hard work if you are enjoying it! The rehearsals can be demanding, and getting up early can be difficult, but once you are in the routine, it is just great,” says Sarah, who has got a clear idea of what a panto needs to be and do.
“Ultimately, it has got to be funny. That’s the main point. But it has also got to be colourful. That’s what I think of when I think of panto. And it’s also important that it is something that the whole family can enjoy. And it is just so British. I have worked all over the world and you try explaining panto to an American! It’s so different trying to explain that our pantomime Cinderella is very different to their Disney Cinderella.”
Sarah has tried to do so. She worked for eight months for Disney in America, performing on their cruise lines: “It was around the Caribbean mainly, but it wasn’t all work. I got to see the Bahamas and around Florida. And then I went to all sorts of places in Europe that I would never have been able to afford to go to myself otherwise.”
And she’s hoping for more of the same next year.
“I have always done lots of children’s theatre and children’s things. I look younger than I am. I am 30. Everything I do is based around the fact that I look like a big kid and I will carry on until the day when I actually look my age. And that’s when I will meet and marry Mr Right and have lots of babies. That’s the plan!”
Sarah has played various principal girls over the past ten years, including the title roles in Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Wittington, Jill in Jack and the Beanstalk and both Tinkerbell and Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.
Sarah has also starred in the musicals Stranger and Dark Angels, featuring on the original soundtracks. Dark Angels opened in the West End and went on to a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
In the award-winning film Lowly Lucrecia, Sarah played the Teenage Ghost. She also played Lizzy in the short film My Friend ED.
Sarah has recorded the voice of Lucy for Bear in the Woods.
TOWIE’s Mario Falcone leads the cast in Worthing, on stage by Sussex’s Heart Breakfast presenters Tom Evans and Jack Hayes.
The Wizard of Oz is at the Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, from December 13-January 6.
Tickets on 01903 206206 or www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.