Desert is­land disco with Care­line

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - ON STAGE - By Jack Troughton

It is panto sea­son and Care­line The­atre is serv­ing up its an­nual show with a trop­i­cal cock­tail of fun with Robin­son Cru­soe at the the­atre group’s Al­calali base.

Young Robin­son is ship­wrecked and makes a whole bunch of new friends and a heap of trea­sure; au­di­ences will also get to meet mum Mrs Cru­soe, Cap­tain Cut­tle­fish and his mot­ley crew, and all the colour­ful char­ac­ters from a muchloved story.

There is also the evil pi­rate Black­beard who has an eye on the trea­sure but sails into trou­ble and is thwarted by Mer­maid Mi­randa and the plucky hero.

There are six per­for­mances of Robin­son Cru­soe the Panto from Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 and back­stage is al­ready a hive of ac­tiv­ity ahead of open­ing night.

Jan Walker is wardrobe mis­tress – and a key mem­ber of the crew de­spite re­sign­ing sev­eral years ago – and has to kit out a cast in­clud­ing 11 lit­tle girls and three lit­tle boys who are join­ing four adult ladies to com­plete the cho­rus.

Di­rec­tor Dorothy Fish and stage man­ager So­nia Crabb are also man­ag­ing team mem­bers to cre­ate the scenery, with Andy Crabb pro­vid­ing painted back cloths and props while oth­ers cre­ate set pieces for the show.

The panto is per­formed every evening from Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17 to Sun­day, Jan­uary 20 at 8pm with mati­nee chows on Satur­day and Sun­day at 3pm.

Tick­ets are €12 for adults and for chil­dren un­der 10 are €8. There is a re­duc­tion for groups of 10 and above for pre­paid adult tick­ets. To re­serve seats call the Box Of­fice on 605 181 726 or email care­linebox­of­[email protected] gmail.com.

Care­line al­ways raises money for good causes, this year ticket sales are to help pro­vide new seat­ing for the the­atre.

And Care­line pres­i­dent Candy Wright said: “Un­less we find re­place­ment seat­ing soon, we will all be sat on cush­ions on the floor.

“Care­line The­atre has raised and do­nated thou­sands of eu­ros over the years to good causes – how­ever, this year Care­line is the ‘char­ity in need’ to be able to con­tinue with this work.

“We hope peo­ple will sup­port us and help raise as much money as pos­si­ble to keep panto alive and, ex­cuse the pun, put bums on seats!”

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