Twist on a panto

Welton Players in rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty
Welton Players in rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty

A village drama group will be bringing some festive spirit into the new year when they perform an alternative pantomime.

Welton Players will be presenting Sleeping Beauty in the village hall from Wednesday, January 28 to Saturday, January 31.

The group’s variation of the traditional fairytale turned into a pantomime will be suitable for all of the family.

There are many of the Players’ regular actorsare appearing in the show but not necessarily in roles that people would have expected.

The show has also been directed by Samantha Cooper, who was at the helm of last year’s pantomime Puss in Boots.

Speaking to the Daventry Express, she said: “We normally do a traditional pantomime, however I have been thinking about this and it isn’t really a pantomime in the true sense.

“Although we are doing Sleeping Beauty, the witch isn’t a female, it is a male, and we have three fairies instead of one and two gorillas appear in it as well. The reason we chose to do Sleeping Beauty is because the group has not done it for a long time and we always like to have something different.”

The group are a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs who give their time and skills to provide all of the things needed for the show.

This sees many of them making props and taking on roles in the show as well providing supporting functions such as music and lighting for the pantomime.

A number of songs to be performed throughout the show and have also been given a local twist by villager Martin Heath from BBC Radio Northampton.

Samantha added: “We try to give the pantomimes a local flavour, although a lot of the audience members come from outside Welton so not everyone will gets the jokes.

“This time around there is a song in the pantomime which includes a mention for a lot of the villages around here.

“I hope people will come along to the show and have good fun because that is what the show is to us.”

Money raised from the show will go to local causes, as has been the case in previous years.

Groups to have benefitted from the pantomimes in the past include The Royal British Legion, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, locally-based charity the Jago Worrall Foundation, St Martin’s Church in the village and Welton Guides.

The group will make a 
decision after the show has ended as to which causes will benefit from this year’s production.

The show starts at 7.30pm each night and tickets fcost £6 for adults and £3 for children.

For further information about the group or to book tickets for Sleeping Beauty call Jeanette Mortimore on 01327 871011.