JUST a few years ago, Chelmsley Wood’s own Mitchell Shortland was dreaming of a career on the stage.
Now he’s fulfilled his ambitions by winning a role in panto. As the show nears the end of its run, the Solihull News spoke to the 20-year-old about how he’s found the experience.
“Before I did this show I’d never seen a pantomime, so I didn’t know what to expect. “I always imagined that they would be quite amateur, so I was amazed when I arrived and saw the amount of effort which goes into a show like this.”
The show in question is Cinderella at the Wolverhampton Grand. Mitchell is one of the eight dancers who has been appearing in the production over the past month.
“It’s been a great experience, but it’s my first professional show, so I did find it quite daunting. It’s also a tiring schedule, you do two shows a day, so it’s a very demanding schedule.”
Growing up and going to school in north Solihull, Mitchell was only 17 when he went to learn his craft in London.
Three years down the line he’s glad to be back in the Midlands and said it was great to perform to local crowds.
“For my first professional show, I wanted to do something local. It’s also been great to have my family coming to the shows.”
Mitchell is not the only local to be appearing in the show. Former X Factor competitor Niki Evans also hails from Chelmsley Wood.
Cinderella will be on at the Grand until January 31. Tickets are available on 01902 429212.