Village panto hits 28th year

Forgetmeline Theatre group -  Tom Tom The Pipers Son dress rehearsal Sledmere village hall

Forgetmeline Theatre group - Tom Tom The Pipers Son dress rehearsal Sledmere village hall

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Sledmere’s Forgetmeline Theatre group are all set to take to the stage tonight to present their 28th Annual Pantomime - Tom Tom The Piper’s Son by Norman Robbins

The show will take place from 7pm tonight (Thursday 20), Friday 21 and Saturday 22 March at Sledmere Village Hall.

The thrilling plot sees the nasty Knave of Hearts played by Tracy Clappison plan to steal the kingdom of Nursery-rhyme land from Old King Cole played by Brian Clark and his scatty Queen Mattiwilda performed by Chris Burrell aided by the two not-so-villainous sidekicks Bucket (Ben Clappison) and Spade (Nathan Hood).

Princess Marigold (Laura Wilson), after falling in love with our hero Tom (Carol Skelton), is captured and transported to an enchanted island.

Tom sets sail to rescue her along with his mother Dame Sprightly (Dave Dever) and her ‘betrothed’ Georgie Porgie (Mark Holtby). After much tomfoolery aided and abetted by Fairy Harmony (Cynthia Walker) and supporting cast, goodness triumphs over evil and the wicked Grendelgorm (Tom Skelton) and his master the Knave are defeated.

Angela Burton from Forgetmeline Theatre said: “This promises to be a fun night with lots of audience participation. To reserve seats please ‘phone 01377 267369 or cast members, there will be some tickets available on the door but we cannot always guarantee seats – please get there early.”

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children and senior citizens.

Tickets are also available at the Triton Inn.

Mrs Burton added: “We are fairly unique for a village panto having been running for 28 years.

Two of us have been in from the beginning and another two for 24 years, that is quite a feat.”

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