Sunday sit-down with… Alisar Jane, Christmas fairy godmother
We find out what it’s really like working as a performer during the festive period...
It’s safe to say we all remember that feeling of excitement as children during the build-up to Christmas. But imagine recreating those special seasonal moments every day in December?
That’s just what performer Alisar Jane does. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, more like the busiest for Alisar, who dresses head to toe in sparkles as a Christmas fairy godmother spreading festive magic seven days a week, including on Christmas Day!
Working through her events company Dreams and Smarty Events, you’ll be sure to find Alisar at Winter Wonderland Newcastle, Winter Wonderland in South Shields and even in some schools and hotels, creating special memories that’ll last forever – sounds fun, right? But is this role as magical as it seems?
We caught up with the Christmas fairy godmother herself to find out what it’s really like working as a performer during the festive period…
What’s it like working in your industry at this time of year?
It’s hectic at the minute, but it’s magical creating special memories for families. When the kids come up to us, it’s just gorgeous to see all of their smiles and faces, especially after Covid. Some children haven’t even seen Santa before, so it’s extra special this year. Newcastle Winter Wonderland is amazing. They’ve done so much to make it magical for the children after lockdown.
What does a typical shift look like for you?
In a typical shift, we come in, get our makeup and gear on, then meet with the team; before meeting and greeting the children. We go to Santa’s grotto and sometimes we have show days where we sing and have inclusive days with elves where we sing and sign plus, we work with princesses, too. A typical shift is very busy, we’re lucky to get a proper break, but we don’t realise because we’re so busy enjoying ourselves.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The cold. Some days you’ll see us smiling and skipping around staying in character, but we are soaking wet with feet like icicles. We’re creating memories outside in the freezing cold for long hours, but that’s the only downside. It’s so worth it. I also have the bonus of having a fantastic team and we all work really well together.
What inspired you to get involved in performing arts?
I’ve performed all my life and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Performing is what I’m all about; it’s what makes me feel happy. I love making memories and showing people how they can enjoy themselves through performance and there’s nothing better than doing it through your job.
What do you get up to when you aren’t a Christmas fairy godmother?
I’m passionate about making sure all children can enjoy performing with no stigma or difference. So, I set up True Colours Theatre, a theatre school for children of all ages and abilities to give them the chance to improve their confidence through performing without feeling judged.
We offer fully inclusive classes to help children build their self-confidence through performing arts. We work with our fantastic partners, The Chronicle Sunshine Fund and The Percy Hedley Foundation, who have been a great support.
What work are you doing with True Colours Theatre this Christmas?
We’ve created our Christmas single that’s available on iTunes, with all funds going to our charity. On top of that, we’ve been doing breakfasts with Santa, Christmas showcases and have been going around various charities and SEN schools to see vulnerable children and families signing and singing as elves.
Or, if you want to know more about Alisar’s event company, visit her Facebook page