CHYPS - Beauty and the Beast

Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society kicks off panto 2018

Award winning amateur theatre group CHYPS (Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society) has announced that this year’s pantomime is Beauty and the Beast.

Boasting a cast of children and young adults aged 11-19 from the local area, this year’s show promises to be a slice of seasonal silliness that you cannot do without!

An updated version of the classic tale, their show has all the traditional elements of a Great British panto: great characters, strong songs and witty banter – making it the ideal choice for big and little kids alike.

The cast has been rehearsing since September under the watchful eye of Director, Sally Hunt as they prepare for opening night tonight (2nd January 2018).

“The cast has been brilliant. Starting in September you think you’ve loads of time, but we rehearse twice a week which is quite a heavy schedule for the kids on top of their school work and other external hobbies and activities.

“It’s hard work, but they’re an incredibly talented bunch and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way.”

The group enjoys the patronage of Jane Danson, who currently stars as Leanne in Coronation Street.

“Panto is a real tradition and it’s such good fun whether you’re performing or just watching,” she commented.

“I love supporting CHYPS and watching the cast grow year on year and it’s so nice to see the enthusiasm they have at rehearsals.

“I’m really looking forward to watching; and they can expect plenty of booing and hissing from me!”

CHYPS was formed in 2007 and has given its cast, past and present, a fantastic platform to develop and show case their talent and love of the performing arts.

And it doesn’t stop on stage. The band also consists of local talented youngsters and some past performers are now honing their creative talents and supporting with costumes, props, script writing and hair and makeup.

CHYPS is a registered charity and the team fundraises relentlessly to ensure it generates the finances required to put on the week-long show.

Chairman Ian Hunt co-ordinates these efforts. He said: “We are so grateful to the sponsorship from local businesses and the support from the local community and parents of the cast as we couldn’t do this without them. Thank you.”

The year’s cast will be led by leading lady Morgan Wild who will be playing Belle and James Darroch who promises to give a far from ‘beastly’ performance as he takes on the role as male lead.

“I joined as part of the CHYPS band playing the drums and then a few years ago I thought I fancy being up there,” said James.

“I auditioned and joined the cast for Peter Pan and have had a ball.

“Sadly, this is my last pantomime as I’ll be away at uni next year – hopefully! So, I intend to leave on a high and I know it’s going to be even better than last year.”

The show runs from 2nd-6th January 2018 at The Woodford Centre, with matinee performances on 3rd and 6th January.

To book for seats for the funniest pantomime in town, please phone 07910 187 583 or visit:

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