This year’s pantomime at Wilmslow Guild is the much-loved classic Dick Whittington.
It runs from 12th to 15th December at Wilmslow Guild, the adult education centre on Bourne Street.
The Guild Players have been performing their pantomimes, in the period just before Christmas, since the 1960s and this year is no exception.
The panto is being directed by experienced pantomime director Grace Reed.
“We try to bring a little magic to children of all ages from 4 to 94,” said Grace.
“For a couple of hours the audience suspend belief and accept that a man is playing the dame and that a young girl is playing the principal boy.
“They accept all of the old jokes as if they were hearing them for the first time.”
The Guild Theatre only holds 75, with the audience on three sides around the stage.
“It makes a wonderfully intimate show which really gets the kids involved in a way they just don’t get when watching TV or YouTube,” commented ticket secretary Bill Beton.
“One year we had a little member of the audience run on stage and kick the baddie in the shins!
“While we hope that won’t happen again, it was hilarious at the time.”
Grace added: “One of the most popular characters is always the animal, whatever it is, and it is never questioned why it is played by a human.
“All of the usual characters are in this year’s production of Dick Whittington, the story built around a character who really existed and became Lord Mayor of London.
“Back in the 1970s the Chamberlain of the City of London was a direct descendant of the original Dick and proudly bore his name.”
Grace concluded: “For me the Christmas season begins after the last night of our pantomime when I get chance to relax!”
The pantomime runs from 12th to 15th December at Wilmslow Guild.
Performances start at 7.15pm, tickets cost £8 for adults and £5 for children (£6 and £4 on Wednesday) and can be booked online at www.wgp.org.uk (no booking fee) or by calling 01625 520 126 or emailing [email protected].
Wilmslow Guild Players’ web site is at www.wgp.org.uk and you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Photo: Dick Whittington (Charlotte MacDonald, left) and her cat Tommy (Jessica MacDonald).
Article contributed by Bill Beton of Wilmslow Guild Players