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Pantomime and the Musical

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Annemarie Lewis Thomas

Where the British panto is sadly lacking at the moment is in its use of original songs for this institution. Of all the hundreds of pantomimes about to open, only a handful will contain original music; most will use a collection of hit songs shoe horned into the story.

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About the author

Originally from Swansea, Annemarie graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic with a degree in Performance Arts. As the Musical Director for the award winning Steam Industry she was the MD/Arranger for many critically acclaimed shows. As an established pianist on the London cabaret scene she has played for people such as Patti Boulaye, Andy Bell, Ria Jones, Howard Samuels, Paul L Martin to name just a few. In 2009 she will be opening her own full time college – MTA (The Musical Theatre Academy) - offering the UK’s first accelerated training programme for musical theatre performers.