Alice in Wonderland cast gear up for panto season

THIRTEEN is unlucky for some, but not for the Stewartstown Players as they are gearing up for their thirteenth panto production.

The colourful cast hit the streets of Cookstown to invite everyone to their upcoming panto which is the enchanting tale of Alice in Wonderland.

Enjoy the tangled mystery of all that is Wonderland, despair of the tardy White Rabbit, delight in the musings of the Mad Hatter and a host of other colourful characters, including Tweedledum and Tweedledee who just can’t decide who they should be.

Christine Fanthorpe, who plays Tweedle Dum said: “I’ve been involved with the panto behind the scenes for about six years and I’d always thought, when watching the performers, that I’d love to be out there doing that too so this year I decided to give it a go and here I am - Tweedle Dum!

“I didn’t realise how hard it would actually be, and how much work goes into it from a very early stage, but it’s a great way to get to know people and I’m absolutely loving it! All the preparations are going really well so far but I’m sure the nerves will kick in the first week of January. My biggest fear is the song Tweedle Dee and I are to sing but thankfully with a bit of expert tuning from our Musical Director we are gradually sounding less like chickens and more like a gospel choir!

“It’s hard to pick a favourite scene as they’re all equally good, though I particularly enjoy The Mad Hatter’s tea-party. It’s a fantastic scene and certain to capture the imagination of both young and old. The costumes and scenery really add to this scene and make the characters come alive, I can’t wait to see it on the stage and I highly recommend that you come along and see it for yourselves!”

To see what wacky antics Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum get caught up in get your ticket from the Burnavon Box Office on 028 8676 9949 (www.burnavon.com) priced £3-10 or £28 for a Family Ticket. The show will run from Friday 6 to Saturday 28 January 2012, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm.