A TALENTED young cake maker from Southport was delighted to meet Claire Sweeney and the cast of Cinderella after presenting them with a specially themed cake and cupcakes.
Lauren Wickham, owner of The Cake Box in Southport, was delighted to create the unique order for the official launch of this year’s Cinderella pantomime by LHK Productions.
The launch took place at The Atkinson, where cast members spoke about their roles and performed songs from the forthcoming show.
Lauren was invited on stage for pictures with Claire and fellow cast members while her cake and cupcakes wowed VIP guests at the launch.
Lauren said: “I really enjoyed making the cake and cupcakes for the press launch of Cinderella! I really enjoyed watching Cinderella (Mia Molloy) and The Fairy GodMother (Claire Sweeney) sing. I can't wait to watch the actual pantomime now! I hope everyone enjoyed the cakes.”
She opened her business on Market Street in Southport in September. She is the latest local independent business owner to move into the growing Market Quarter area of the town centre after the official opening of the new look Southport Market this summer.
The Market was transformed into a new food, drink and events attraction following a £1.4million transformation led by Sefton Council.
Since the market opened, the existing businesses in the area have been joined by new independent ventures moving into previously empty units including: The Cake Box; Season Coffee, Bar and Kitchen; Urban Attic; and Ewa’s Sewing Room.
Cinderella, by LHK Productions, is at The Atkinson on Lord Street from December 10 to January 2. For tickets, visit: www.theatkinson.co.uk
Originally from Liverpool, Claire Sweeney is renowned for her theatre/musical productions nationwide such as ‘Chicago’ and ‘Guys & Dolls’, playing opposite Patrick Swayze.
She has most recently been seen on stage starring in productions such as ‘Crazy For You’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘Hairspray’. Prior to this she toured with the sell-out show; ‘Sex in Suburbia’, which she also co-wrote. Claire also hosts popular radio shows on both Magic and BBC Radio Merseyside.
Claire said: “I started off at the Southport Youth Theatre when I was 14 and my days out every Sunday were to Southport to the Bold Hotel for a roast dinner, so Southport holds a really special place in my heart.
“I won my first talent contest at this very theatre when I was 14, pretending to be 16, so it’s a very sentimental place for me. To be coming back to do pantomime here is absolutely lovely.”