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Sunday 24 February 2019

Local groups set to bring Panto magic to stages

Alan Corcoran, director of Gorey Little Theatre’s Aladdin
Alan Corcoran, director of Gorey Little Theatre’s Aladdin

Anna Hayes

As the New Year begins and things get back to normal after Christmas, a number of groups are remaining in the Christmas spirit as, for them, January means Pantomime time!

Hundreds of kids and adults will take part in events around the county, entertaining audiences with their interpretations of the classic stories.

Wexford Pantomime Society will return, once again, to the Dun Mhuire Theatre to bring their madcap stage adventure to life. This year, they are revisiting the world of 'Robin Hood', in a re-telling of the classic story, penned by the show's director Thomas O'Leary. He is joined by choreographer Suzanne O'Leary and Musical Director Vicky Barron.

Stephen Byrne takes on the iconic role of Robin Hood, with Niamh Cullen as his Maid Marian. His band of Merry Men will include Barry Wadding as Little John, Mick Farrell as Alan of Ferndale, Brandon Cogley as Will Scarlet, and Craig Healy as Friar Tuck.

They will clash with Neal O'Leary's Sheriff of Nottingham and Dylan Walsh as Prince John.

Robert Duggan White will play Mumsie, Linda Hynes will take the role of Maid Mavis, Jeanette Sidney Kelly plays Niamh with Ruth Donegan as Nuala. Martin Conway takes on the role of Sir Guy of Gisborne while Chris Doyle plays Barney the Bear and Jane Kent will play Blossom the Fairy.

The show runs from Tuesday, January 8 to Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 8 p.m. nightly with matinees on January 12 and 13 at 2.30 p.m. Tickets are available now from the Dun Mhuire Box Office, and online through wexfordpanto.com.

North of the county, Gorey Little Theatre's production of 'Aladdin' will run at Gorey Little Theatre from Friday, January 11 until Saturday, January 19 at 8 p.m. nightly apart from Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, when the matinees are at 3 p.m.

A cast of over 100 performers will take to the stage, backed by a dedicated support team that promise a night of music and laughter.

Director Alan Corcoran is supported by musical director Fintan Cleary, chorus mistress Mandy O'Callaghan and choreographer Frances Ryan.

Aladdin is played by Alex Murphy, while Jasmine is played by Alison Bush. The cast also includes: George Percival as Abanazzar; Halle McQuade as Peri; David Cox as Widow Twankey; Denis Howell as Polly Twankey; Nicola Galvin as Wishee Washee; Paul Hempenstall as Emperor; Jan as Hu Flung Dung; Sorcha as Yon tu Long; Tina Carter as So Shi; Marie Noctor as So Shun; Sean Robertson Timons as Vizer and Hung to Loh; Jayson Murray as Genie; Lindsey Tindall as Detective Whelly; Katie Louise Murray as Herald; Tara Boukhima as Villager.

Tickets for the first four performances are €13 and all other shows are €16.

See www.goreylittletheatre.ie for more details or call Gorey Little Theatre on 054 94 21474.

Back down south of the county, New Ross Pantomime Society is celebrating a milestone this month in the shape of its 100th anniversary.

This year, the group takes on the classic, much-loved tale of 'Peter Pan', albeit with a panto twist! It runs at St Michael's Theatre, New Ross from January 12 to 19, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. every day except Sunday, January 13. There will be matinees on January 12, 13 and 19 at 3 p.m.

The panto tells the story of the Darling family who are swept away to Neverland by the charismatic 'boy who never grew up' Peter Pan, where they meet the dastardly Captain Hook and become embroiled in an adventure they could never have dreamed of!

The leading role of Peter Pan is played by Edward O'Dowd; Kasey O'Connor plays Wendy Darling with Darragh Murphy and Eoin Dowling splitting the role of John Darling, and Billy Stafford and Eoghan O'Brien splitting the role of Michael Darling.

Captain Hook is played by Keith Flanagan. He is joined by Sean O'Brien as Captain Morgan, Mairead Furlong as Coke, Jimmy Smith as Chardonnay, Barry Ronan as Prosecco, and Ger O'Riordan as Meek as Mouse.

Niamh Cullen plays Tinkerbell while Jane McWilliams and Steve Carey play the roles of Mrs and Mr Darling.

Nana Smee is played by Linda Grace Cox, Tiger Lily is played by Sam French and Mama Chief is played by Monica Murphy.

The show is directed by Carmel Rowe, with choreography from Anne Marie Cooney and Musical Direction from Seamus Power.

Tickets start at €10 and are available from www.stmichaelsnewross.com or 051 421 255.

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