DRONFIELD- On with the show despite the snow

Ellie Ashmore as Maid Marion and Lindsay Ashmore as Robin Hood in Dronfield Light Opera Group's pantomime
Ellie Ashmore as Maid Marion and Lindsay Ashmore as Robin Hood in Dronfield Light Opera Group's pantomime
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Super troupers kept up tradition by failing to let this weekend’s big freeze scupper their big show of the year.

Several panto cast members from Dronfield Light Opera Group were transported in 4X4s from their homes to Dronfield Civic Hall.

Group chairman Alan Powell, one of the 4x4 owners, said: “We have never cancelled a show and weren’t about to start.”

Audience numbers for the Babes in the Wood took a hit on Friday’s opening night because of the snow but 90 percent turned up to yesterday afternoon’s performance, including elderly residents from Meadow Grange Care Home at Holmesfield.

A large contingent of 5th Dronfield Scouts were among last night’s audience to see the latest in more than 30 pantos which the group has produced in its 40-year history.

Babes in the Wood is directed and choreographed by Andrea Powell and continues its run from January 24 to 26.

Her daughter Lindsay Ashmore plays thigh-slapping, hotshot Robin Hood and granddaughter Ellie Ashmore is cast as pretty Maid Marion. Younger granddaughter Stephie Ashmore shares the role of babe Penny with Katie Bricklebank.

David Pierce in the Dame’s role plays Nurse Molly Coddle and teams up with Rachel Cooper-Bassett, playing Dangerous Dave, in an hilarious kitchen scene. However, the piece de resistance is the Gangnam Style ensemble dance in which the Dame’s moves are a joy to watch.

For tickets, call 01246 416364.

GAY BOLTON