Tra­di­tional panto comes to Rep

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Chuck­les ga­lore as the newly ap­pointed cast of Dick Whit­ting­ton and His Cat met for the first read through of Reper­tory Theatre’s Christ­mas pan­tomime.

It’s the usual panto for­mula of corny jokes, lo­cal ref­er­ences, dou­ble en­ten­dres and stock char­ac­ters that al­ways man­age to make us smile.

Heath McKen­zie will play the lead role of Dick Whit­ting­ton, a naive lad from Ha¯ wera who goes to the big smoke, Wellington, to seek his for­tune.

On his way he meets the Vil­lain, played by Richard Leith, who fleeces him.

On his ar­rival in Wellington he finds his mother Dame Whit­ting­ton (a.k.a. Phil Hud­son) has also gone to the cap­i­tal to find work.

When he meets Alice, the mayor’s daugh­ter, played by Mil­lie Man­ning, he loses his heart to her and de­ter­mines to marry her but first he must con­vince her fa­ther (David Craig) that he is a wor­thy suitor.

The com­edy duo of Ethel (Ash­lyn Mor­ris) and Ce­cil (Mad­die McKen­zie) pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity as well as laughs while they en­cour­age au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Ian Jones has been cast as the bo­sun and James Graves will play the Chief­tain.

Of course, Dick has to have a cat and this role has been as­signed to Iso­bel McKen­zie while Maia Hud­son will be a kit­ten.

Full steam ahead with re­hearsals from now on un­til open­ing night on De­cem­ber 13, run­ning through un­til De­cem­ber 23.

There will be eight shows, four even­ing (two Thurs­days and two Fri­days) and four mati­nees on two Satur­days and Sun­days.

A Christ­mas panto is al­ways pop­u­lar and bound to bring a smile to all faces, young and old.

Play­ing for laughs — the pan­tomime cast get se­ri­ous about jokes.

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