Play­ers are full of beans as date of panto launch nears

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE team be­hind an an­nual pan­tomime are putting the fin­ish­ing touches to what they hope will be their best show yet.

The in­au­gu­ral Sut­ton Play­ers panto was the brain­child of Chris Daven­port, with the first pro­duc­tion, Dick Whit­ting­ton, staged in 1999.

Now in its 11th year the Play­ers try to make each an­nual show bet­ter than the last.

This year it is the turn of Jack and the Beanstalk, with the fam­ily show tak­ing place at the Sut­ton Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club next week.

Fol­low­ing the tra­di­tional sto­ry­line, a hard up Dame Trott, played by Robert Barnard, is forced to sell her beloved cow But­ter­cup in or­der to pay the seven years’ rent she owes the King (Mar­shall Barnard).

Her son Jack (Ali­cia Rodgers) climbs the beanstalk to Cloud­land to help beat the Gi­ant and res­cue a few of the good peo­ple taken cap­tive dur­ing the show.

Robert Barnard said: “Ticket sales have been go­ing well.

“This year will be our 11th pro­duc­tion and we sim­ply try to make it big­ger and bet­ter each year.

“Pro­fes­sional cos­tumes and sound and lights all help bring a pol­ish to the show.

“Theatre go­ers will soon for­get that they are sat in the vil­lage club.”

The Sut­ton Play­ers will per­form Jack and the Beanstalk at Sut­ton Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club from Mon­day, Jan­uary 18 to Satur­day, Jan­uary 23.

Cur­tain goes up at 7.30pm each evening, with a mati­nee at 2.30pm on Satur­day 23.

Tick­ets cost £10 for adults and £6 for chil­dren.

Con­tact 01260 253264 or 07970 106074 for avail­abil­ity.

●● Sut­ton Play­ers re­hears­ing for Jack and the Beanstalk

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