Panto time – oh yes, it is!

The Oban Times - - LEISURE - By Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­

This year Ben­der­loch and North Con­nel Drama Club will be bring­ing fam­ily-favourite Cinderella to the fes­tive stage.

Per­for­mance dates at the Cor­ran Halls are set for Thurs­day December 6, Fri­day December 7 and Satur­day December 8, with a spe­cial mati­nee show on the last day.

Top script-writer Alan McHugh has worked a treat with ad­di­tional ma­te­rial from mem­bers of the club.

Reg­u­lar at­ten­ders at the drama club’s pan­tos will recog­nise many of the usual cast mem­bers but, this year, there are a few new faces. Tick­ets are avail­able now from the Cor­ran Halls.

To set the scene, Jack Deg­nan has come up with this rhyme: This is the story of Cinderella with But­tons her friend, and Dan­dini who’s not re­ally a fella. Poor Cin­ders has to sleep in the school kitchen and skivvy and clean af­ter her step­mother, Rox­ette, and step­sis­ters who are nasty and mean.

And then there’s the king who thinks that he is ‘Elvis’ But who can’t do the moves be­cause of his pelvis. Cin­ders dreams of a prince, hand­some and tall who’ll sweep her off her feet at the big palace ball.

But the evil Rox­ette has plans of her own to en­sure one of her daugh­ters as­cends to the throne. An­gel­ica, a guardian an­gel, is de­ter­mined that Rox­ette’s plans fail but Cinderella has to be­lieve for the magic to pre­vail. Much of the ac­tion takes place in an un­usual lo­ca­tion;

Not a creepy for­est, or fine cas­tle but a place of ed­u­ca­tion. What? You say, this is not the story you re­mem­ber? Then all will be re­vealed in the Cor­ran Halls in early December.

To add to the ex­cite­ment, there is a chance to win free fam­ily tick­ets.

‘Poor Cinderella, she for­got her guardian an­gel’s warn­ing to be home by mid­night and, in her haste to run from the ball, she lost her glass slip­per. Can you help her to find it and, as a re­ward, you’ll re­ceive a free fam­ily ticket for two adults and two chil­dren?’ said Mr Deg­nan.

Four glass slip­pers will be hid­den some­where around Oban, each with a chance of win­ning a set of tick­ets to one of the four shows.

The clues will be posted on Ben­der­loch and North Con­nel Drama Club’s Face­book page but for starters here is the first one:

Not the shape but an Oban Square; Where modes of trans­port start and stop from there

There stands a build­ing with four faces, round; Close by the first glass slip­per may be found

If you look around a pub­lic seat; Just be care­ful where you place your feet.

‘Don’t worry, you won’t have to be a Mas­ter­mind cham­pion to solve the clue! When found, the slip­per should be handed in to the Cor­ran Halls of­fice where it will be swapped for the tick­ets,’ said Mr Deg­nan.

There are free tick­ets to be won, just fol­low the clues.

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