Stewartstown panto cast announced

David Sloane, Chair, John Glendinning as Dame Millicent Milksop, Brian Morgan Artistic Director, and John Black, Musical Director take Louise Cullen from the BBC through the Alice in Wonderland script.
David Sloane, Chair, John Glendinning as Dame Millicent Milksop, Brian Morgan Artistic Director, and John Black, Musical Director take Louise Cullen from the BBC through the Alice in Wonderland script.

IT’S full steam ahead for the Panto season as the cast has been chosen for the production of Alice in Wonderland at the Burnavon theatre.

The Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society’s annual family pantomime will run every Friday and Saturday in January 2012, from Friday 6 through to Saturday 28.

There was great excitement at McNeece Hall in Stewartstown, as those who had auditioned, friends and family gathered to hear who had gained a coveted place in the cast.

Brian Morgan, Artistic Director broke the suspense by announcing the following successful actors and actresses for the cast:

Holly Sloan, Stewartstown, as Alice; Sean Coyle, Stewartstown, as the Mad Hatter; Stephen Brown, Orritor, as the White Rabbit, Eilish Devlin, Ardboe, as the March Hare; Roisin McGrath, Dungannon, as the Caterpillar; Christine Fanthorpe, Stewartstown, as Tweedle Dum; Hilary McCammon, Stewartstown, as Tweedle Dee; Sharon Brimage, Stewartstown, as the Queen of Hearts; Tim Anderson, Cookstown, as the King of Hearts; Lynn Richardson, Stewartstown, as the Princess of Hearts; Trevor Adams, Stewartstown, as the Prince of Hearts; Paul Stewart, Stewartstown, as the Sergeant; John Glendinning, Stewartstown, as Dame Millicent Milksop; Phily Donaghy, Ardboe, as the Joker; Emma Laverty, Stewartstown, Siobhan Coyle, Stewartstown, Beth Evans, Newmills, Donna Lewis, Stewartstown and Lauren Bowden, Stewartstown as the Hippies; and Margaret Coary, Stewartstown, as the Voice of the SatNav.

Holly Sloan, who will be the leading lady as Alice, said: “I’m shocked and delighted that I’ve got the part of Alice. I’ve been part of the pantomime for almost nine years now, and really wanted the part of Alice, so it’s really exciting and I’m looking forward to getting started at rehearsals.”

Sean Coyle, cast as the Mad Hatter, has been with the Society the past four years, and indeed it’s a family tradition in his house. The first ever pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ starred his father as the Giant. Ten years later, Sean took to the stage in the same role as his father did a decade before.

Sean said: “I’m nervous, excited and delighted all at the same time. It’s a very special community to be involved in and the whole atmosphere is fantastic, for me, my family and indeed all those involved.”

The cast will also be assisted by John Black, Musical Director and Jenny Booth, Choreographer. Rehearsals start in earnest on Saturday 24 September with a full timetable in the run-up to January.

Friday shows are at 8pm, and Saturday shows are at 2.30pm, and an evening performance at 8pm. There is a special preview night on Friday 6 January at 8pm, with tickets priced at £5 / £3 (concession).

All other shows are priced £10 / £8 and a family ticket at a reduced price of £28 is also available.

To book your tickets, call into the Box Office at the Burnavon, telephone on 028 8676 9949, or book online at www.burnavon.com