Stars of Cromer Pier talk Christmas show as competition launches

A scene from the 2017 Cromer Pier Show. Picture: AL PULFORD.

A scene from the 2017 Cromer Pier Show. Picture: AL PULFORD. - Credit: Archant

Cromer favourite Olly Day and the talented vocalist Emily Yarrow are set to make a welcome return to the Cromer Christmas Show this year, and are both looking forward to another year of festive fun, comedy, music, song and dance.

Olly Day said: 'The excitement and anticipation of leaving Norwich in mid November to make my annual pilgrimage to Cromer never leaves me.

'It's been my winter home for the past nine years and I'm looking forward to it as much as ever. This years Christmas show at the end of the pier promises to be something special.

'It's still a little daunting to know that we have to come up with lots of fresh, new ideas and that the show has to be as good, if not better than last years.'

He continued: 'We are pulling all the stops out with the show this Christmas, Di Cook has come up with some great new routines, it amazes me how fast the dance sets and costume changes happen, from ballet to jazz.

'I have to do so many quick changes in the show, it's a blur backstage sometimes, people rushing up and down the corridor, still putting their shirts on and doing their buttons up, as they enter back on stage, but always looking calm and collected as they step on stage.'

Emily is equally excited about her second appearance in the Christmas Show.

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Now a firm favourite with fans of both the summer and Christmas shows this will be Emily's fourth appearance in Cromer.

She, like Olly, is looking forward to starting rehearsals and the magic that is opening night.

Emily said: 'I love Cromer and the Pavilion Theatre they have a special place in my heart the audiences are so enthusiastic and a delight to entertain.'

Emily's love of opera was inspired by the teachings of professional opera singer, Alla Ardakov, and she continued on her studies at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, achieving a first class honors degree in Music and Performance before attending the postgraduate course for Classical Acting and Musical Theatre at the London Academy of Performing Arts.

After graduating, Emily has performed extensively as a solo singer and actress, touring internationally and nationally; operatic roles performed to date include 'Cio-Cio San' (Puccini's Madam Butterfly), 'Micaela' (Bizet's Carmen),'Fiordiligi' (Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte), 'Guenevere' (Surrey Opera's Camelot), 'Yum Yum' (The Mikado) and 'Galatea' in the touring production of Handel's Acis and Galatea for the St Albans Chamber Opera Company.

Olly is also well known to most of the children in Norfolk for his 'Road safety Magic show', which he has been performing in Norfolk schools for the past 22 years during that time the show has been seen by over 200,000 children.

He has now achieved over 1,000 school performances and was presented with a special award from Norfolk County Council.

Olly said, 'It's a show that I'm very proud of, it's a very important and serious message.

'It's great to have a school hall filled with lots of fun and laughter, but is Cromer Christmas Show time the children will be thinking about their Christmas holidays and hopefully some of them will persuade the parents to bring them along to see show, it's a real family show and the matinee performances are perfect for a family treat in Cromer.'

The North Norfolk News in conjunction with the Pavilion Theatre has two tickets for the opening night of the show.

To win this prize, simply answer this question: Who inspired Emily's love of opera?

Then, like the Enjoy Cromer More page on Facebook, and email with your answer.

Entries must be received by 12 noon on Wednesday 15th November.