Panto queen’s vow: you will have a ball!

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TALENTED youngsters, extremely catchy songs and some very curious characters come together this year in Ashover’s annual parish pantomime which has again been written and directed by the village’s panto queen, Rosemary Early.

TALENTED youngsters, extremely catchy songs and some very curious characters come together this year in Ashover’s annual parish pantomime which has again been written and directed by the village’s panto queen, Rosemary Early.

Insiders who have seen snatches of the rehearsals are predicting that the performances - to be staged at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall on January 11 and 12 - will be every big a hit as many pantomimes in the past.

This year’s choice is the classic fairytale ‘Cinderella’ which features two ugly sisters (Alan Telford and Andrew Lovell), a pair of totally inept gymnasts (Ron Eyley and Derek Marrison) and a couple of unsavoury bailiffs (Neil Banner and Jim Daykin).

Principal roles go to Claire Bonsall as Cinderella, Sue Crookes as Prince Charming, Victoria Gilthorpe as Dandini and Ruth Russell as Buttons. Celia Kelly is the Fairy Godmother.

Nigel Early not only assumes the major responsibility for producing the all-important, eye-catching props but also appears as King Glorious with Marjorie Telford as Queen Gloriana. Baron and Baroness Rockbottom are played by Nev Stanley and Nicola Tarbatt while sisters Summer and Amber Guy make their debuts as palace guards.

Town Crier Merrick Bull is again in action and will keep an eye on the 23 youngsters who will grace the stage as dancers, fairies, horses, footmen and guests.

“Everybody is welcome and there is no charge for either performance,” said Rosemary. “Our primary aim is to ensure that people really enjoy themselves.”