As you may have noticed, the pantomime season is upon us. Here are details of our nearest event, in Helmsley. Full listings will follow shortly. Ed
The 1812 Theatre Company’s pantomime returns to Helmsley Arts Centre this year with Dick Whittington and a host of other entertaining characters. Directed by Helena Fox (Director of Everwitch Theatre) with choreography from Ashton Danby of Miss Sarah Louise Ashworth’s School of Dance and Musical Direction from Helmsley Arts Centre’s Artistic Director Natasha Jones, this promises to be a spectacular community event, bringing together a whole host of talent from Ryedale and beyond.
With a cast and crew of 50 aged 5 to 80+, 14 musical numbers and an array of impressive comedy props, the stage will be brimming with energy and festive spirit. The volunteer wardrobe team have been busy sourcing and creating the most vibrant of panto costumes for the audience to feast their eyes upon and with musical numbers from Shirley Temple to Beyoncé there really is something for everyone!
Joe Gregory takes the lead as Dick Whittington with his friendly side kick Tommy the Cat, played by Joe Coughlan. Amy Hughes from the1812 Youth Theatre takes the female lead, Alice, and HAC’s very own Martin Vander Weyer dons his best frock to bring us our Panto Dame, Sarah the Cook. 1812 Youth Theatre alumnus Alastair Coughlan returns to HAC playing Idle Jack before heading to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York next year! Michelle Hopley will supply the traditional panto baddy boo’s as Queen Rat and Jude Cunnison fights the good fight as Fairy Bow Bells, assisted by a host of little elves and fairies who are sure to steal the show!
Helsmley Arts Centre, December 2 to 10, book tickets here.