On Saturday 21st December, cast members from last year’s New Wolsey panto Sleeping Beauty got engaged here in Ipswich! Michael Paver (who played Harold the Herald) proposed to Lilly Howard (who played Princess Susie) on the Waterfront to the background of the cast of this year’s New Wolsey panto singing Stand By Me, the song that they fell in love to!
Michael Paver: “Since meeting at the New Wolsey last year, we have been on one big old journey; from (finally, and unsurprisingly!) getting together, to getting our first flat together, to now becoming engaged. It has been, without question the best year of our lives. Getting engaged in Ipswich, with the cast of the current panto flash-mobbing us to a song that was in the show last year, with me singing to Lilly was the only decent way to propose… for a couple who spend their lives on the stage!”
On Saturday 4th January, King Rat made the decision to be a man or a mouse when he proposed to Sarah Mahoney (who played Frederica in last year’s New Wolsey Panto!) during the show! Dan de Cruz who plays King Rat has also performed on the New Wolsey previously in 2012’s Mods and Rox.
Dan de Cruz: “I first met Sarah on another Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto in Leeds. I was playing Aladdin and she was Princess Lotus Blossom. From the first time we locked eyes I knew she was going to be someone special. We’ve spent a couple of fantastic years together and have even been lucky enough to work with each other again. I’m over the moon that I got to propose to her in a fairy-tale way: on the New Wolsey stage, with the cast playing our song and our family and friends (and the other 400 audience members) cheering us on. It’s not every day you get to marry your princess!”