Magical role is pantomime lover’s dream

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Being the lilac fairy is Helen Peter’s sweet destiny this Christmas, in Sleeping Beauty at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre.

“She’s the good fairy, and she is very lovely,” Helen explains. In fact, it is the lilac fairy who reduces Sleeping Beauty’s fate from death to a mere 100 years of sleep.

“Originally I am from Lancashire, and then I moved down to go to Mountview and graduated last year,” Helen says.

“This is my first panto. I am really excited to be at Worthing and at the Connaught. I have been going to pantos since I was a child. My parents used to take me, and I always thought it was so magical. There is nothing better than going to watch a panto. It is just the whole atmosphere of the thing that is so wonderful.

“I have always wanted to be a fairy, and so it is like a dream come true.”

She never saw herself as the Princess: “I was just always drawn to being a fairy. It’s the fairy that gets the wings and the wand and the tiara. I am a little bit nervous but, to be honest, I am more excited than anything else!”

Since graduating, Helen has been involved in a new musical telling of betrayal in the Wild West. She did it in London and took it to the Edinburgh Fringe. It is now being workshopped and rewritten, and Helen would love to be reunited with it next year.

“Musical theatre is my passion. It’s just everything about it, the whole atmosphere, everything. I love the singing and the dancing and the fact that it is so sparkling. You just watch it completely in awe!”

Sleeping Beauty is at Worthing’s Connaught Theatre from December 7-January 5. Tickets on 01903 206206 or www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.

The show stars Jon Moses from ITV’s Superstar as Prince Valiant, Britain’s top piano-playing dame Bobby Crush as Nurse Katy Cough-Drop, impressionist Tony Rudd as Muddles and introduces Sophie Bloom as Princess Aurora. Also featuring in the production are students from Glendale Theatre Arts School.