Famous feline’s tale

Welton Players
Welton Players

There will be traditional fun for the whole family as Welton Players present the pantomime Puss in Boots later this month.

The show will see a wide variety of colourful and bright characters including an ogre to leave the audience ready to boos and hiss the villains and cheer on the heroes.

It is a notable first for the show’s director who is taking on the role for the first time.

Sam Cooper said: “This is the first time I have been directing the show on my own.

“I am absolutely loving the show and having a great time. It is a challenge putting the show together but it is one that I am enjoying.

“One of the best things is that I have got a very strong team who are all brilliant at coming up with ideas and solving problems.”

The family feeling is likely to come across on the stage with many of the 22 man cast under the age of 17.

Sam added: “We have been really lucky in that we have got a few new people who have joined us.

“The youngest of our cast members is 10 years old but many are aged between 10 and 17.

“They are all really keen and enthusiastic about the show and all working really hard.

“One of the reasons we chose this script is because I read ma ny of them and it wouldn’t have suited us, whereas this one did, and it will be real fun for the audience.

“It is a fairly traditional version of the story although there is an ogre in the pantomime so like all of our previous productions, there will be a twist to it.”

She is also happy with how the rehearsals are going and how the young cast are coping.

Samsaid: “I am looking at the show and we are a couple of weeks away and there is a lot of effort still to put in to get the show absolutely perfect but I think after that time we will be ready to go on stage.

“A lot of the time you wonder if it will be all right on the night and it usually is.

“The nice thing about pantomime is that we will try and do it right to the best of our abilities but we are all amateurs and if it does go wrong, I think the audience will enjoy themselves.

“I would hope the audience for the show would come and just have some fun and have a great time.”

The small group will also be contributing to the community with the players donating money made from the show to local good causes.

Sam said: “We have not decided yet which good causes will benefit.

“We normally give money to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance but we never like to committ until we know how much money we have got.

“From there, we will then decide which places we will give the cash to.”

Last year’s production of Mother Goose raised £400 and was split between The Jago Worrall Foundation, St Martin’s Church in Welton, Welton Guides and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The pantomime will run for four nights between Wednesday January 29 and Saturday February 1 and starts at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets for the show are available by calling by calling Jeanette Mortimore on 01327 871011.