Curtain lifts on post-Christmas pantomime

From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'862:  L to R:  Dave Harrison. Chloe Miiddleton and Claire Alderson as King Herbert. Princess Alice and Queen Mildred
From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'862: L to R: Dave Harrison. Chloe Miiddleton and Claire Alderson as King Herbert. Princess Alice and Queen Mildred

Christmas may be over but families can still enjoy some good old-fashioned fun with a village’s annual pantomime.

Greatham Players return to the stage this week in Puss in Boots and it is set to be a family affair.

From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'878:  Front - Lauren Price as Kitty Cat, and in the background as Villagers / Chorus:  Hannah Fenwick, Lauren Emmerson, Rachel Alderson, Leah Alderson

From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'878: Front - Lauren Price as Kitty Cat, and in the background as Villagers / Chorus: Hannah Fenwick, Lauren Emmerson, Rachel Alderson, Leah Alderson

That is because two of the principal cast are related.

Colourful dame, Hettie Quette, will be played by Players’ veteran Brian Price and his granddaughter Lauren Price takes the title role of Puss.

The curtain on the show goes up at the newly refurbished Greatham Community Centre tomorrow night and it runs until Saturday, January 9.

Director Anita Stitt said: “This is Greatham’s 19th annual pantomime. Our Dame Hettie Quette this year is Brian Price, who has performed for Greatham Village Players for 18 years now.

Dame has five changes of dress during the pantomime

Director Anita Stitt

“He has five changes of dress during the pantomime. His grand-daughter is playing the lead role of Puss, and has choreographed the main dance sections.”

Principal boy Jacques Quette, is played by Kieron Johnson.

He sets out to woo and marry the Princess Alice, played by Chloe Middleton, with the help of his walking, talking cat Puss.

On their journey they encounter baddie Lord Roger, played by Hugh Stitt, and a fearsome ogre.

From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'902 - Brian Prices as Dame Hettie Quette

From: HUGH STITT 'Date: 2 January 2016 at 15:24'Subject: Re: Greatham Village Players 2016 Pantomime'902 - Brian Prices as Dame Hettie Quette

The story is written by Damian Trasler, David Lovesy and Steve Clark, and has been adapted for Greatham Village Players.

And the lively and vibrant costumes have been made by wardrobe mistress Jean Procter

Tickets are still available for tomorrow and Thursday nights, doors open 6.30pm and the show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are available from Greatham Post Office or on the door subject to availability.