Stargazers get ready for some panto fun

Puss In Boots by Stargazers Theatre Company
Puss In Boots by Stargazers Theatre Company

Flamenco dancing and a magical cat are coming to Denby when the Stargazers Drama Group presents traditional pantomime Puss in Boots in John Flamsteed Community School’s Drama Studio this week.

This is the 25th season for these panto specialists and they are celebrating by transporting their audience to Spain for an evening of dance, song, magic and old jokes.

Our village hero Carlos is played by Bev Clarke and the Princess of Catalonia by Sophie Haywood.

Carlos’s bumbling brothers are played by Mollie and Evie Middleton while the good fairy, Laura Barker, tries to keep the story on track.

She is hindered by the dastardly Diego played by Ross Watson, henchman to the frightening Ogre, Quinn Walker.

The King and Queen, Chris Bennett and Anita Walker, are ‘helped’ by their lazy Page, Morgan Bennett, while the local Mayoress, Caroline Irwin, attempts to maintain decorum.

Surrounded with such malevolence and incompetence it is a good thing that Carlos’s cat, played by Layla Cole, has magical powers strong enough to overcome the influence of the wicked witches Phoebe Sanders, Grace King and Jessica Patrick.

Megan Swift, playing Barbara Seville, tries to keep the Princess’ spirits up despite the awful hospitality provided by the local hotelier, Senora Siesta played by Ray Rippingale assisted by two flirtatious daughters, Maisy Shea and Sophie Phillips.

Every panto has to have a talking animal and this time it’s Delaney the Donkey, played by Paige Bennett.

Dances are provided by Chloe Gee, Lizzie Booth and Emily Conheeney.

Tickets are on sale at £4 and £2.50 and can be reserved by phoning 01332 780688.

The show opens on Thursday, February 20, at 7.15pm and is repeated on Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22.

There is also a matinee performance at 3pm on the Saturday.