Community Players will stage panto Sinbad the Sailor at Hasland Playhouse

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Super troupers who have raised a whopping £64,000 for charity over the past quarter of a century are ready to roll out their 26th panto.

The Community Players will present Sinbad the Sailor, a magical musical pantomime for all the family, at Hasland Playhouse.

Adrian Barker as Sabu, Mark Johnson as Dame Aruba and Courtney Wattam as Genie in Sinbad the Sailor presented by Community Players

Adrian Barker as Sabu, Mark Johnson as Dame Aruba and Courtney Wattam as Genie in Sinbad the Sailor presented by Community Players

The show will run for 11 performances, starting on Thursday, January 29, and finishing on Saturday, February 7.

The Community Players are well known for their pantomime productions which follow original scripts and provide lots of opportunities for audience participation.

This year the players have connected with Chesterfield College and have three drama students in leading roles, Ben Featherstone as Sinbad, Charlotte Bingham as Barbarossa and Tom Allmark as Kerchank the Gorilla.

Combined with newcomer Jacob Blood playing Jack, there is a youthful energetic feel to this year’s show. Scriptwriter and director Imelda Cole, who works for Derbyshire Community Health Service (DCHS), was Ben and Jacob’s health visitor in an earlier life!

The show is stage managed by Mick Wiltshier, an electrician with DCHS and one of two original members of the group, and the costumes sewn by Pat Bown, a retired hospice nurse.

Kay Gilbert is the panto’s musical director and choreographer and her fellow dancers will include Beth Kirby, Natalie Kirby and Megan Burdon.

Tickets £6.50 and include refreshments. Contact Mick Wiltshier on 01246 550976.