Pantomime time for village players

STARRING ROLES: Rachel Alderson, Chloe Middleton and Hugh Stitt as mummy, baby and daddy bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears

STARRING ROLES: Rachel Alderson, Chloe Middleton and Hugh Stitt as mummy, baby and daddy bear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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IT is almost time for Greatham Village Players to perform their annual pantomime – oh yes it is!

The talented cast of amateur performers have been rehearsing hard for this year’s production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The players are looking forward to packed audiences during the four-night run at Greatham Community Centre.

The classic fairy story will be performed by a team of almost 30 performers and stage hands.

And like all good pantos, it has been brought up to date by director Anita Stitt and her husband Hugh to include a few local and topical gags.

Anita said: “We alter the script so it pertains to things to do with Greatham and current goings on.

“There are also modern songs and some old songs that everybody will know.

“This year we have a cast of about 25 people aged from about 12 to their late 70s.

“All of us have relatives or connections with Greatham.”

The colourful set was voluntarily drawn and painted by Wharton Terrace Annexe in Dyke House.

The players paid thanks to Steve, Teresa and Mike for their efforts.

The curtain goes up at the community centre, on Front Street, on Wednesday, January 7.

If you miss the opening night you can catch the show again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

All performances start at 7pm.

Tickets are priced £4 for adults and £3 for concessions and are available from Greatham Post Office.

The players are currently looking for new members to join their ranks.

As well as performing the pantomime every year, they often stage a summer show in Greatham.

They have also ran fun murder mystery nights in the area in the past.

If you are interested in performing on stage, helping behind the scenes or just being part of a friendly group, contact Anita for more details on (01642) 562109.