NEWS: Eight-year-old boy lands leading panto role at Eastwood Park Theatre

An eight-year-old boy has landed a leading role in his local theatre’s official pantomime production and is set to perform to thousands of theatre goers this December.

Giffnock Primary pupil Sam Felderhof will play his dream role of Buttons in Eastwood Park Theatre’s all singing, all dancing panto.

The school boy secured a place at GAMTA, home to many Scottish stars in the making, when he was just six years old and recently appeared in Bugsy Malone at Brickhouse Theatre, playing one of Fat Sam’s Gang.

Sam will join the rest of the GAMTA cast including leading lady Ava Anderson, who will play Cinderella, and Ugly Sisters Chiara Flynn and Rebecca McComb on stage.

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Sam said: “The casting took place last week and I was so excited to be told I was going to play Cinderella’s best pal Buttons – I can’t wait to get all the kids in the audience joining Buttons’ gang.

“It’s such a fun part to play in what’s set to be a huge GAMTA panto production. All the other cast members have great experience performing for big audiences and singing with live bands so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot along the way.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at Eastwood Park Theatre – it’s my local theatre and I’ve always wanted to be on stage there so to land a lead role there so early on has been a dream come true for me.”

18-year-old Ava Anderson from Hamilton, who will play Cinderella, said the whirlwind of panto has already begun.

Ava said: “I auditioned on Wednesday, was told I was successful on Saturday and on Sunday I went along to Eastwood Park Theatre in a Cinderella ballgown for a ‘Selfies with Cinders’ event and had my picture taken with lots of little princesses and prince Charmings.

“I have been at GAMTA since I was 14 and played the the Fairy Godmother in The Wiz at the Citizen’s Theatre last year.

“I love singing, acting, dancing and audience interaction so I can’t wait to get the panto rehearsals underway – it’s going to be a brilliant show.”

Tickets are £15 standard/£45 for a family panto pass and are on sale now for Cinderella at Eastwood Park Theatre- oh yes they are!