Crawley musical star is Belle of the pantomime

The cast of Beauty and The Beast
The cast of Beauty and The Beast

A musical theatre student from Crawley is set to enchant audiences this Christmas.

Trixie Waggott, 21, has won the principal role of Belle in a production of Beauty and The Beast at The Oakengates Theatre in Telford.

The performer is currently in her third year at Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford.

Trixie will be gliding back in time to the village of Cristimonto, alongside dashing championship figure skater Matt Evers, from ITV’s Dancing on Ice who will play the village lothario, Gerald Lee Huntsman.

As well as appearing in all seven series of Dancing on Ice, where Matt partnered a star-studded line up of households names including Heather Mills, Denise Welch, Bonnie Langford, and Suzanne Shaw, Matt is also an established broadcaster most recently presenting a mini-series on the Winter Olympics, Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, This Morning, and Channel 5’s OKTV.

No stranger to principal pantomime roles, last year Trixie played the role of Sleeping Beauty opposite X-Factor’s Jonathan Ansell and finds performing at this time of year ‘truly special’.

Commenting on her experiences at Performance Preparation Academy, Trixie praised the ‘incredible tutors and leadership’ at the core of the first-class vocational and practical direction she has received.

“In such a competitive industry, PPA has given me a rounded training and guidance every step of the way,” she said.

“Putting this into practice and winning the part of Belle is so magical and I cannot wait to perform with Matt and the fabulous cast.”

Beauty and The Beast is produced by leading pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates. Mr Holman described this year’s Oakengates pantomime as ‘packed with a host of delightful characters, all bringing something different to the storyline’.

Beauty and The Beast can be seen at The Oakengates Theatre, The Place, Telford until Monday, January 5. Call (01952) 382382 or book online at