It’s that time of year again, the time for Peel Pantoloons to dust off their costumes and wigs, warm up their vocal chords and practise their rhyming couplets in readiness to stage their annual pantomime extravaganza.
This year it’s the rags to riches story of the girl who lost her shoe.
Cinderella is the choice of The Pantoloons who have been in rehearsal since September and are ready to bring much merriment, mayhem and music to their Centenary Centre audiences starting from this Sunday and running to Saturday, December 13.
The show will take place, as usual, at Peel’s Centenary Centre and is written by Ben Crocker, and directed by Mel Read.
It contains all the usual fun of rousing songs, slapstick humour, and larger than life characters with not one, but two, pantomime dames through the ugly sisters of Beryl and Cheryl.
Director Mel said: ‘Cinderella is my favourite and we’ve all had so much fun putting the show together.
‘If people who come to see it laugh half as much as we have, they will be doing well!’
Cinderella brings together some familiar Peel Pantoloons past cast members along with some new faces, including the younger cast members to offer a pantomime for all ages.
The cast includes Lula Gillow as Devilia, Tim Keyes as the Prince, Emma Chapple as Cinderella, Debbie Gooding as Fairy G, Lisa Mellor as Dandini, Nigel Thiijs as Buttons, Chalky Chalk as Snitch, Cathy Lord as Snatch, Laurence Watterson as Cheryl, Andy Whitmore as Beryl, Roy Baker as the Baron and Tom Baker as the front of the horse.
The chorus includes Carolyn Carroon, Zoe Cannell, Beth Colgan, Jess Kneen, Caitlyn Carroon, Tasha Smith, Esme Bennion and Eilidh Hendrickson.
Esme and Caitlyn will be alternating ‘starring’ as the rear end of the horse.
This year’s show takes Peel Pantoloons back to its roots – the group was founded in 1991 by Keith Horne, with the successful production of Cinderella.
This year will be their 20th production, and follows their successful production of the traditional pantomime Aladdin last year.
Over the years their performances have included; Jack and the Beanstalk, Babes in the Wood, Sinbad the Sailor, Puss in Boots, , Mother Goose, Little Jack Horner, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Miss Muffet, Santa in Space, King Arthur, Bluebeard, King Humpty Dumpty, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates and Frankenstein the Panto.
This year, due to popular demand, as well as the matinee performance on Saturday, December 13, at 3pm, an extra matinee has been added on Sunday, December 7, at 2pm.
The evening performances run from Tuesday, December 9, to Saturday, December 13, at 7.30pm (December 13 starts at 7pm).
Tickets are available at Celtic Gold in Peel, Thompson Travel, Port Erin, Peter Norris in Douglas and online at www.etickets.im/cc/