IT’S traditional panto, with a bit of a twist.
Pantomime experts Honley Players are back at work rolling up their sleeves to fill houses with their usual brand of comedy and fun in Alan Frayn’s version of the fairytale classic, Sleeping Beauty.
The show opens at Southgate Theatre in Honley tonight where it runs throughout next week and closing on Valentine’s Day. Evening performances are at 7.15pm with matinees on both Saturdays at 2.30pm.
There are no performances on Sunday and Monday – well Sleeping Beauty and the others in the cast need a rest.
Though this is a traditional panto, here comes the radical bit. Boys will play the roles of boys and girls will be playing girls! The society’s principal boy Louise Leggett is Fairy Lilac; their regular Fairy Kirsty Turner is principal girl, Princess Rose with recent member Jake Denton making a handsome Prince Alexis, with his friend Stephen Waind playing Muddles the local fall guy.
But some things the society dare not change. So expect to see Honley favourites Susan Armitage and Andrea Gosslin as Nurse Dottie Dettol and Bad Witch Hazel, Dennis Thewlis and Robert Pogson as Fetch and Carrie, Diana Hoyle as Queen Marigold and local vicar, with David Barnes as King Cactus and his daughter Hannah as Punk Fairie Nuff
The show is directed by Veronica Moran who has worked as a producer and actress with a number of local societies including Huddersfield Thespians. She has been assisted by Mark Thewlis and the show’s dancers are from the Huddersfield School of Theatre Dance, choreographed by Janet Horsfall.
Tickets from Karidays newsagents in Honley during shop hours.