Mania in store for third year

The cast of Musical Mania at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on thursday, August 13.
The cast of Musical Mania at the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre on thursday, August 13.

Youngsters from across south east Northumberland are busy preparing for the return of Seaton Delaval Pantomime Society’s summer performance.

After the resurrection of Musical Mania in 2013 by a young production team, the show returns again this week.

It features a wide mix of songs from some well-loved musicals, including numbers from Oliver, north east based Billy Elliott, Footloose, High School Musical, and the new West End hit Matilda, all played by a live band in a show suitable for all the family.

The creative team behind the production include three producers, a musical director and a choreographer, with an average age of 22.

They have brought the cast back together this year to perform another musical spectacular packed full of song, comedy and dance.

Cast members have been rehearsing up to three times a week since May to learn complex harmonies, words and dance routines.

Producer Mick Blewitt, 23, from Seaton Delaval said: “We were very keen to build on the success of the last two shows, not only to put on spectacular performances, but to give the young people in our area something to work on, a challenge, and to achieve.

“They love taking part in the show each year and the amount of talent in our communities is outstanding.

“I take so much pride in our company mentors and coaching the talent before giving people a platform to shine on stage, many for the first time.

“This year’s show continues to be another amazing musical production, with spectacular vocals and stunning dance routines.”

The Musical Mania starts this evening and runs until Saturday at Seaton Delaval Arts Centre. Each performance starts at 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £8 for concessions.

They can be bought from the Box Office on 0191 237 5460, or online at