Michael decided to enjoy spending a whole Christmas at home in 2012 but still did a little panto, standing in as relief Musical Director for a few performances of Paul Holman’s lavish production of Sleeping Beauty at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing. This was especially nice for him as, besides being very close to home, it reunited him with the UK’s top piano entertainer, Bobby Crush, and also gave him the opportunity to work with Hi-De-Hi’s Nikki Kelly (the long legged Sylvia with the short shorts in the TV series) and to meet Jon Moses, who was one of the leading contenders in the TV search to find a new lead for Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s stadium revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Panto 2012

For the Christmas season 2011, Michael was delighted to return to The Forum Theatre, Barrow-In-Furness, to work as Musical Director for Cinderella, his fourth panto for Duggie Chapman MBE Associates

Cinderella Flyer & Perfromance Schedule

Some pictures from the Cinderella panto rehearsals

The Cinderella Cast The Cinderella Cast
You have two new step-sisters Baron Hardup tells Cinderella she has two new step sisters!
The ugly Sisters Carter and Millington - The ugly Sisters
Don't mess me around Baron Hardup tells Buttons not to mess him around
I have a magic book Malcolm Wilson shows us his magic book
In the kitchen Samantha Buller and Bobby Dazzler as Cinderella and Buttons
I have two lovely daughters Baron hardup tells the Dandini he has two lovely daughters
I'll pretend I'm going to the ball Cinderella makes believe she is going to the ball
Cinderella and the Prince Cinderella and the Prince
Is there a ghost? Is there a ghost?
The Ugly Sisters The Ugly Sisters in the woods
Percussionist Gareth Thompson Percussionist Gareth Thompson
Cinderella dances with the Prince Cinderella dances with the Prince
Finale bows Finale bows

For Christmas 2010, Michael had been in Barrow as Musical Director for Aladdin

Aladdin Flyer

Some pictures from the Aladdin rehearsals

The Princess and Aladdin Rachael Russell as The Princess with Kristopher James as Aladdin
Widow Twankey helps Wishee Washee send a parcel Pete Lindup as Widow Twankey helps Anthony Jay as Wishee Washee to send a parcel
Pc Ping Tom Rolfe as Pc Ping
The Emperor Andrew Smith as The Emperor
Abanazar at the entry to the Magic Cave Matt Dudley as the Evil Abanazar at the entry to the Magic Cave
The Genie of The Lamp Mark from Andante as The Genie of The Lamp
The Genie of the Lamp playing the Musical Saw The Genie of the Lamp playing the Musical Saw
The Slave of the Ring playing Irish Music Vee from Andante as The Slave of the Ring playing Irish Music
Wishee Washee helps his Mum in the Laundry Wishee Washee helps his Mum in the Laundry
The Princess in the Land of Singing Bamboo The Princess in the Land of Singing Bamboo
New Lamps for Old New Lamps for Old
Abanazar has the Magic Lamp Abanazar has the Magic Lamp

For Christmas 2009, Michael had been in Barrow as Musical Director for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was so popular that it was necessary to add in an extra peformance

Snow White Flyer

Some pictures from the 2009 panto rehearsals

Snow White Cast Snow White Cast
The Wicked Queen and The Lord Chamberlain Yvonne Patterson as The Wicked Queen and Daniel Serra as The Lord Chamberlain
Prince Carl and Snow White Nick Huntington as Prince Carl and Vicki Serra as Snow White
Muddles David Wainwright as Muddles the Jester
Dame Sarah Mike Buckley as Dame Sarah the Cook
Chaz McLeod Percussionist Chaz McLeod
Snow White and the Wicked Queen Snow White and the Wicked Queen
Musical Director Michael Wooldridge Musical Director Michael Wooldridge
The Prince Protects Snow White The Prince Protects Snow White
The Royal Wedding The Royal Wedding
Meeting The Audience Meeting The Audience
Autograph Time Autograph Time

Christmas 2008 Michael enjoyed a wonderful month working as Musical Director for pantomime at the Blackfriar's Theatre, Boston. An especial highlight was working and sharing a dressing room with the world's leading circus ring-master, Norman Barrett MBE, who had brought along his Amazing Performing Budgies.

Snow White Flyer

Some pictures from the 2008 panto rehearsals

Welcome Welcome to the Show
The wicked Queen Anna Conway as the Wicked Queen
Snow White Anna Tyrie as Snow White with the Dwarfs
Dwarves Cottage Snow White Rests in the Dwarfs Cottage
Handsome Prince Daniel Finn the Handsome Prince
Muddles Dave Peters as Muddles
Dancers Dancers
Villagers Snow White and Villagers
Dame Kitty Keith Hopkins a 'Appy Dame Kitty
Performing Budgies Norman Barrett and One of his Amazing Performing Budgies
Snow White and Handsome Prince Snow White and The Handsome Prince
Snow White and the Wicked Queen Snow White and the Wicked Queen
Wicked Queen and Lord Chamberlain Wicked Queen and Lord Chamberlain
Snow White & Budgies Snow White with Budgies
Finale Finale