Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the wickedest of all? Well it just so happens to be none other than former Steps star Faye Tozer.
This year, the pop star will join Steve Walls and West End star Rob McVeigh on The Playhouse stage.
Faye told reporter Michael Pearson she was ‘really excited’ to be playing the Wicked Witch in this year’s panto Snow White.
“I’ve always played the goodie, I’m typecast with my bleach blonde hair, but this is going to be extra fun.
“Because you’re not on the goodie team you can get the kids to shout and scream at you and the more boos and hisses you get, the better job I’ve done.”
Speaking about the Whitley Bay stage, Faye said: “I actually get really excited every time I go to a new venue and you have a new cast. I’m the new cast here because a lot of people have been in the show, like Steve Walls. This is where they’ve been for the last few years so I’m kind of the new girl, but it’s quite nice for me to come in and taste a new place and a new theatre.”
The show’s producer Gary Telfer said: “It’s a special year for us because we’re bringing Faye here and she’s the biggest star we’ve brought into the show.
“Each year we’ve built it up and this year we’ve been able to bring Faye along and it’s really pleasing. It’s going to be a big year, we’ve extended the run, we’ve brought in Faye and it’s a very magical show.”
The West Boldon resident will be starring alongside Tyneside’s Steve Walls, who returns for the sixth year.
“It’s like a total homecoming for me,” he said. “Obviously, I’m out the area for a lot of the year working so to actually come back is to see my family and friends, and that’s what I class the audience as now.”
It’s a special year for us because we’re bringing Faye here and she’s the biggest star we’ve brought into the show.Gary Telfer, producer
“I always play the clown. I’m never the handsome lad who gets the girl unfortunately, but I get the laughs which kind of makes up for it.”
Returning alongside Steve is Charlotte Chinn as Snow White and Rebecca Shorrocks as Odd Job.
Steve, who is playing the comedic part of Muddles, added:“I’ve got a great partner this year. Rebecca played Le Shue last year in Beauty and the Beast and when Gary said to me ‘would you like someone to be your sidekick’ instantly I said her.”
“I’ve actually worked with Faye a couple of times prior to this, which is lovely, so I kind of know her and she’s a lovely girl.”
“You can’t beat a Tyneside audience and as soon as you say ‘hiya kids’ and you get 700 people screaming back saying ‘hiya muddles’, there’s no feeling like it.”
The pantomime runs from December 10 until January 3. For tickets, visit www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk or call 0844 248 1588.