Samantha Jayne Tootell


Actor / Entertainer


The Amazing Christmas Pantomime – 2021 “Witch Hazel & Chef Franc” over & out!

This was a beautiful Beast of a Pantomime!

Why does time have to fly when you’re having fun!? I wish it didn’t! 5 weeks of touring a wonderful pantomime with a fantastic cast, for an amazing theatre company has sadly come to a end! Honestly, I feel very lucky that we managed to perform a pantomime this year beacause it has been sorely missed the last couple of years!

I’m so grateful for the new lifelong friends I made whilst on tour, we literally had the best time together, made lots of memories, and gave so many wonderful memories for so many adults and children around the region!

Here’s a fun video of some backstage fun we had whilst eating pie! 

We had the pleasure of performing the wonderful pantomime that is Beauty & the Beast to schools/social clubs and stunning halls throughout November & December 2021. Due to Covid, this was the very first time a lot of children had the chance to experience a pantomime! While the naughty Witch Hazel made many children cry… (oops) they soon turned into tears of laughter and joy throughout the performance!

I felt extremely lucky to have landed my two favourite roles in this panto! …The Villain, & the Comedy Character! Whilst this meant i had some VERY speedy costume changes! (without my trusty cast members to be like a formula 1 tyre change pit stop id never have managed!! ) it meant i was able to soak up all the fantastically evil BOO’S and enjoy all the laughter and awful panto jokes too! I guess i cant help being so versatile 😉


This year was also my first experience taking on the extra responsibility of Team leader/ Tour manager! Before Ive usually performed and driven the long wheel base van! Honestly I think I was super lucky with my team as they made the whole thing a breeze! But I’m pleased I have the experience now and know what to expect in future roles managing the team and being the face of the company! From all things paperwork to arranging leave/arrival times to keeping everyone happy! Of course challenges arise but its nothing that cant be sorted/worked around! We even broke down in the van, but my team being the best they are, made light of it and even managed a chinese meal whilst waiting for recovery! (which may or may not have taken 8 hours!!)

The super talented Grace also made this fantastic TikTok of the whole teams transitions!

My fantastic cast, crew and company are as follows:

Talegate Theatre Productions

The Pantomime reviewed very well!

Click the image below to read the review!

Well we literally made the most of every single second whilst on tour and had the best time! Just trying to get over the post show blues and look for the next adventure! Hopefully won’t be too long of a wait, and possibly even better than this experiance! (although its a tough one to beat, im not gonne lie!)

To Talegate theatre- thankyou for another amazing year of your awsome pantomime, to my fellow team members- I miss you guys, see you at the reunion! To my Charecters – It was a pleasure! Au Revouir! Till next time <3

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