Sleeping Beauty the panto to be staged

TOP CAST: Some of the cast of Marown Youth and Community Players rehearsing for its Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

TOP CAST: Some of the cast of Marown Youth and Community Players rehearsing for its Sleeping Beauty Pantomime

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REHEARSALS are under way for the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime in Marown.

Producer Alison Lodge and director Sonya Quayle are busy preparing the family favourite pantomime with Marown Youth and Community Players, which will be performed from Wednesday, February 13, to Saturday, February 16.

The cast includes commissioner Paul Craine and former footballer Andrew Lodge.

Tickets have been selling fast for the popular pantomine, which is something the community looks forward to each year.

Ceila Joughin, backstage co-ordinator, has been involved in the productions since the Players started around 22 years ago.

When asked what brings her back each year, she replied: ‘It is great, hard work and good fun. We all have lots of laughs.’

Mrs Joughin added: ‘The community is very much involved, but we do have a lot of other people who come from all over the island to watch it. It is going to be good fun all round, it is not just for the children, but the adults will enjoy it.’

At present the 30-plus cast, which includes a variety of ages ranging from eight to 70, are putting in long hours to make the perfect panto.

The audience will be treated to the story of Sleeping Beauty.

The over-protective King and Queen of Marownia, played by Graham Crowe and Carolyn Elliott, have imposed serious measures to protect their only child from the cruel threats of the wicked black fairy and his slimy sidekick Igor. The ever-brave Andrew Lodge and George Willoughby have agreed to take the boos and give the audience plenty of laughs as the evil duo.

The panto will take place at Marown School from February 13 to 17,nightly at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are available from Marown TV in Glen Vine, by calling Celia on 851783 or during school hours from Marown School on 851428.

Marown Youth and Community Players thanked this year’s sponsor Lancaster and Kelly, which is based at Crosby.

A panto spokesman said: ‘They have been very generous in helping to store the pantomime’s costumes when they had to be moved from the church.

‘Their kindness and that of the other financial and creative supporters of this year’s pantomime is very much appreciated by all involved.’

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