The Pantomime Story so far for Richie Hayes
Richie's has been performing in Panto for as long as we can remember but where did the whole journey start?
Well let's take you back to the start and tell you how it all started.
Richie's first ever Panto was Dick Withington with Waterford Panto Society in December 1990 which was directed by Denny Corcoran. Denny would go on to be a huge mentor in Richie's career for Panto and Musical Theatre. He gave Richie his first walk-on part as a rich man counting his money and holding a cigar while dancing along to "Always look on the bright side of life". He then went on to perform with WPS for close on 10 years playing various principal roles. It was his involvement with WPS that set him up for what was to be a major part of his career to date as one of Ireland's leading Pantomime Stars.
In August of 2000, Richie made the trip from Waterford to Dublin where he had his first audition for The Gaiety Panto, Aladdin. The part was Wishee Washie and the show was produced by John Costigan and directed by Micheal Scott. He got the part that day and that was the start of his Gaiety Panto years. He received major reviews from the audiences and media alike. Over 10 years of panto at The Gaiety Theatre we have seen him perform in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, and Robinson Crusoe. After ten years at the Gaiety, Richie started out on another journey in Pantoland and this time it took him to University Concert Hall, Limerick with Robert C Kelly where he continues to perform to date
Richie has starred alongside Twink as Buttons in Cinderella in 2012. Since then he has starred in Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Snow White
Panto never gets old with Richie as he loves to see the reaction of the audiences each and every show. It's great to be part of the families Christmas memories that they received by experience Panto each year.
Your never to old or young to enjoy Panto. Always remember there's a child in all of us who loves to shout out
"He's behind you" and "Oh no your Not!"
See you all soon at the Pantomime.