Church's cast of 60 helping Dick seek his fortune
WEST Hallam Methodist Church presents its 14th pantomime this weekend – Dick Whittington.
The production sees Dick trying to clear his name after being accused of theft then, with the help of his faithful cat, making his fortune.
The pair travel to Zanzibar on the Jolly Roger, accompanied by a rabble of sailors, an unexpected touch of glamour, a pack of Mexican rats and unbeknown to them all, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and a three humped camel.
The pantomime was written and first performed 10 years ago at a time when the Harry Potter books were at their height," explained director Melanie Pierson.
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"It will be performed with a cast of over 60 people, aged between six and 60, and has evolved to embrace individuals strengths and characteristics and to accommodate the large numbers taking part.
"This year, we have a plethora of rats, delivery persons, mermaids, sailors, villagers and ladies of the harem."
The music of Queen features quite heavily in the show, along with dance routines, choreographed by the youngsters themselves.
Dick Whittington will be staged at West Hallam Methodist Church Hall tonight and tomorrow, then next week from Thursday, February 14-16. Evening performances begin at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 2pm.
To reserve a seat for the show, call 07976 455730 after 5pm. Donations of £6 (adults) and £4 (children) will be welcomed on the night.