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Alan on hunt for panto star – oh yes he is...

TV PRESENTER Alan Hughes will dust off his dance shoes and ready his vocal chords this summer as he starts the search for Dublin's next panto star.

The Ireland AM host is helping to set up the Cheerio's Panto Summer School for children and he believes that the next Sammy Sausages is in our midst.

Alan will run the school along with cast member's from last year's Tivoli Panto and the special school will open for business in the first week of July at the Tivoli Theatre in the city centre.

"It's a great way to look for new talent and say there's a new me in 10 years time or there's a Buffy or a Sammy Sausages," Alan said.

"People kept saying to me you should do something in the summer. It's very risky to put a show on, but a summer camp where they can send their kids for a whole day would be great, we thought."

During the week-long camp, children will be put through their paces with dance and music lessons before displaying their new found skills with a special show.


Alan (45) has received a great response to the Cheerio's Panto Summer School so far and believes that it is a great way to find stars of the future.

"We're really looking forward to seeing what talent is out there and it's a great way for parents to get the kids off their hands for a week," explained the blond presenter.

"On the Friday, they actually put on a show for their parents and families come in to see it so I'm looking forward to it."

While the school is guaranteed to keep him busy over the next few weeks, Alan says his schedule will not be as hectic as the Christmas panto season. See www.panto.ie for more details.