Village panto declared a success after return

Organisers of Dalton Panto have thanked everyone who enabled the event to return after a two-year break.

The 22nd performance by DADS (Dalton Amateur Dramatic Society) took place recently at Dalton & Gayles Village Hall.

The cast and backstage staff welcomed back friends with the story of Puss In Boots.

The enigmatic, all singing Puss In Boots was played by Rebecca Blenkiron, with Adam Wallis as Tom Miller – AKA Prince Thomas, both characters bursting into tuneful song throughout the performance.

The irrepressible Stephen Longstaff entertained audiences with his portrayal of Betty Boot, Pompadours own version of Jimmi Choo, and owner of ,Ye Old Boote’, a shoe emporium with royal patronage.

Ann Myers acted regally in her role as the slightly eccentric King Champagne, who also had flirtatious relationship with Betty Boot.

Hollie Wilkinson was the quietly feisty, yet always demure, Princess Chantilly.

Rumbletum, played by Iain Muirhead was greeted by rapturous applause when he took to the stage as the larger than life ‘Shrek’ like Ogre, with his long suffering slaves played by Dawn Dixon, Ria and Melody Perkins pandering to his latest whim.

The three also doubled up as villagers.

The fiesty Furball, self-proclaimed alpha feline of Pompadour and the Evil Hench Cat of Rumbletum was portrayed by Jackie Hodgson in all her ferocious cat like glory.

Shortcoat and Bobtail, (Martin Wallis and Dave Clarke) two hapless henchmen with rock star aspirations Jailhouse Rocked their way to imprisonment in the ogre’s dungeon.

Lena Russell Riverdanced her way across the stage as the Irish fairy righting all wrongdoing and imparting her very own unique Celtic wisdom and blessings upon everyone.

The production was jointly directed and produced for the second time by Adam Wallis and Rebecca Blenkiron.

The cast were supported and thankful for the assistance of Susan Stanwix (backstage), Emma Hodgson (artwork, make up), Ellie Blenkiron (music), David Wallis (lighting), Janet Paterson (prompt), Eileen Stokell (costume) and Dalton & Gayles Village Hall Committee.