By Betsy Everett
Rehearsals are underway for the Wensleydale Music and Theatre Group’s festive pantomime, Dick Whittington and The Caribbean Pirates, a variation on the much-loved story.
Hawes Market House will be the venue for the four-night, plus one matinee, extravaganza starting on November 28, by the group which last year won the National Operatic and Drama Association’s north region performance award for its 2015 production of Wind in the Willows.
This year’s tale tells of Dick and his cat who, together with Alice, Alderman Fitzwarren and a host of characters, set sail for Morocco to buy dates – only to find that Captain Birdseye’s route is via the Caribbean to recover buried treasure.
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With popular songs such as In the Navy (Village People), The Last Night of the World (from Miss Saigon) and You Can’t Stop the Beat (from Hairspray), the production is the first to be directed by Amy Cockett, who is following in famous footsteps: her late father-in-law, John Cockett, who revived the former Hawes Operatic Society nearly 60 years ago, directed them for 30 years.
Performances are at Hawes Market House, at 7.30 pm each day from Tuesday, November 28, to Friday, December 1, with a matinee at 2pm on Sunday, December 3. Doors open half an hour before each performance. Tickets are £9 for adults and £6.50 for under-12s from Hawes community office and library (01969 667400) open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-12.30pm. Or book on-line at www.wensleydalemtg.co.uk
Subject to demand there will be a Little White Bus £7 return service from Leyburn, Redmire, Carperby, Askrigg, Bainbridge, West Witton, West Burton and Aysgarth for the Tuesday performance in Hawes. Advance bookings only, reservations to be made no later than Monday, November 20. Book early through the community office on 667400.
Fosters will also be running a bus subject to demand for the Sunday showing. The cost is £5 adult £2 child or £10 a family leaving Leyburn at 12.30 and stopping off in villages on the way.
Contact Liz on 07769-119271 to book.
Alderman Fitzwarren : Julia Di Duca
Alice Fitzwarren : India Atkinson
Sarah : Colin Tindill
Dick Whittington : Kory Spink
Idle Jack : Elizabeth Whitehead
Dozy Doris : Jemma Hogg
Cpt Birdseye : Graham Di Duca
Boson : Leonie Garrard
Mate : Nicole Sunter
King rat : Gillian Alderson
Nipper : Emma Robinson
Gnasher : Julie Waring
Holly : Jennifer Fawcett
Ivy : Bethany Sowerby
Tommy : Lola Reilly
Island chief : Carolyn Teasdale