This year’s pantomime by CHYPS is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: a pantomime based on the much-loved classic story. It runs from 1st to 5th January at the Woodford Community Centre.
Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society was formed twelve years ago by over forty talented 11-19 year olds with a passion for singing, dancing and all round entertaining.
CHYPS shows are hugely popular and are seen by over 1,200 people each year.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the traditional story of a beautiful princess whose vain and evil stepmother wants to kill her so that she can become queen. She escapes and lives with the seven dwarfs in the forest.
But the queen finds her and kills her with a poisoned apple. Is she brought back to life by the handsome prince? You’ll have to come and find out!
The show is being directed by experienced pantomime director Sally Hunt.
Sally said: “We chose this pantomime because it is a really good story and one we can add lots of great characters to! Who doesn’t love the seven dwarfs?
“It’s a panto close to my heart as at the age of sixteen I played Snow White at Worthing Pier Pavilion.”
The first CHYPS show was Robin Hood back in 2007. The group is a charity, relying on support from parents, schools, grants, local businesses and the skills and energy of individual helpers.
“My favourite character is Queen Avarice,” continued Sally.
“I absolutely love all the evil facets to her personality: manipulative, paranoid, vain, murderous, dominant and totally insincere. She is a wonderful character for any actor to get their teeth into.”
CHYPS pantos are especially written to appeal to teenagers with large casts, modern music and dramatic effects.
The shows are professionally staged with a live teenage band led by CHYPS’s musical director Ian Jones.
“At every panto we like to have a special effects feature,” added Sally.
“With Snow White it’s a seven foot by five foot mirror and lighting effects that we’re very proud of. Come and see what we have done!
“Also we choose a TV show which we add to the script every year. It was a challenge with this panto to come up with something that would fit. We think it’s perfect – see what you think!”
CHYPS chairman Ian Sunt commented: “We have a talented young cast and talented musicians.”
“Couple that with a great script, superb costumes, a super slick production team, fantastic lighting, sound and effects and you have a spectacular show.
“Our audiences love it and come back year after year. It’s an unforgettable night’s entertainment.”
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from 1st to 5th January at the Woodford Community Centre (on the left before you enter Woodford from Wilmslow).
Photo: Lucie Darroch (Snow White) and Luke Bicknell (Prince Ferdinand) trying on costumes ahead of this year’s pantomime.