Charity given £3,050 boost by Whitley Bay panto fans

Blue Genie Entertainment managing director Gary Telfer, left, and Playhouse Whitley Bay theatre director Phil Smith handing �3,051 to  Jane Morgan, treasurer of the Ellen Timney Foundation.
Blue Genie Entertainment managing director Gary Telfer, left, and Playhouse Whitley Bay theatre director Phil Smith handing �3,051 to Jane Morgan, treasurer of the Ellen Timney Foundation.
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Cash collected after performances of this winter’s professional panto at the Playhouse Whitley Bay, Blue Genie Entertainment’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has been handed over to north east children’s charity the Ellen Timney Foundation.

Blue Genie managing director Gary Telfer and theatre director Phil Smith this week presented a cheque for £3,051 to Jane Morgan, treasurer of the charity.

“This is all thanks to the local people who have supported the show this year,” said Mr Telfer.

“We have had in excess of 22,000 people through the door and have been collecting at the exit at the end of each performance for this worthy charity.

“People have been so generous.

“It’s great that we can help support the local community that supports us over the Christmas period.”

Mr Smith added: “We were delighted to end another record-breaking run with this presentation to a special local charity, and I’d like to extend our thanks to all those who gave so generously over the festive period.”

Blue Genie Entertainment, producer of the Marine Avenue venue’s professional panto for the last eight years, will return with Aladdin in December.

To cope with demand, the run is being extended for a third consecutive year and will open on Monday, December 5, and run until Tuesday, January 3.

Mr Telfer said: “We are delighted to be returning to the playhouse this year with an all new, magical show of Aladdin.

“It’s great to be extending the run again this year.

“We had already sold more tickets for Aladdin by the time Snow White finished than we had in April 2015 for Snow White, so it looks like it’s going to be another busy year at the playhouse.”

In August, Kent-based Blue Genie Entertainment will again choose a charity to support throughout the panto run, so worthy causes are encouraged to get in touch.

For details, go to www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk