Going to the ball

Greatham Village PLayers preparing for their latest pantomime Cinderella
Greatham Village PLayers preparing for their latest pantomime Cinderella

CHRISTMAS may be over, but people can still catch some good old fashioned family fun.

The Greatham Village Players are busily rehearsing for their annual pantomime production.

This year they are staging the always popular fairytale Cinderella.

Directed by Keith Watson, the curtain goes up at Greatham Community Centre on Wednesday, January 8.

Players member Brian Price, who plays the character of King Rupert in the show, said: “The stage has gone up in the community centre and everything’s all ready.

“We are hoping for another good year, but you never know how it is going to be received until the night.

“It is the traditional story but we always tweak it to suit and bring in local personalities that people know into the script.

“We try to involve the village as much as possible, because at the end of the day we are a village group.”

The Players have been performing an annual pantomime for years and always go down well with audiences.

Recent productions have included Mother Goose, Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Brian added: “They are still very popular. Tickets are going well but there are still some available.

“People come from all over to see the show.”

The Players are also kept busy throughout the year by taking part in village events such as Greatham Feast and Greatham Christmas Market.

They also stage a series of murder mystery nights across the area.

Cinderella has a cast of around 30 enthusiastic members from children to “oldies”, added Brian.

Once again people can expect plenty of fun, laughter and audience involvement.

It is on at Greatham Community Centre, Front Street, between Wednesday, January 8 and Saturday, January 11.

All performances start at 7pm and tickets can be bought from the village Post Office.

They cost £4 for adults and £3 for children and concessions.