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Presenting the fairest panto of them all...

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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With three decades of performances under their belts the team at the Pinhoe Pantomime Society know just what they are doing – oh yes they do.

This year they are presenting Snow White and according to production manager John Thorndyke, it is more than your average pantomime.

He said: "First there was Mirror Mirror, then there was Snow White and the Huntsman. Now there is Snow White – the panto. So if you've seen the films, come and watch the show.

"Our production will have all the usual trimmings of 'He's behind you', 'Oh yes I did', booing, hissing and much more."

He said they chose to do Snow White because they were all really impressed with the script and it suited a smaller cast.

"As we have been going for more than 30 years we like to do shows we haven't done for a while," he said.

"This is a really good one. We have all enjoyed rehearsing it and I am sure that will translate to the audiences. It is a lot of fun.

"Over the years we have tried to produce more than a village pantomime and have upped our game. We have got better sets and costumes. The script is also professionally written. It is really funny and bang up to date. There is also a good mix of traditional and modern songs, lots of bangs and flashes and plenty of audience participation."

This season's cast includes Susie Wakely in the title role, pursued by Matt Milum as the Prince, and chased by villainous queen played by Tracy Adams. Kim Foss takes on the mantle of Dame Clarissa the Cook, unassisted by erring son Muddles (Beth Adams). The story is helped, as ever, by a good Fairy (Isobel Court), a magical looking glass (Gail Foss) and seven little people whose names are yet to be revealed…

"There will be plenty of fun and laughs, stirring music and beautiful costumes," John added. "Once again we hope the residents of Pinhoe and beyond will hang up their coats and inhibitions, and join in the singing and shouting through six performances."

The idea of performing a pantomime in Pinhoe's then new community hall 30 years ago was down to Ian Roberts, the society's chairman.

Supported by the Pinhoe Community Association, the first pantomime was staged in 1981. Called Dick Whittington Jnr and the Dragon, it was based on Pinhoe and local characters in the community.

Every other year or so, members also put on a summer variety show.

"The committee meet every week all through the year, selecting producers and directors and looking through scripts before casting takes place in June. Once the actors are chosen there are weekly rehearsals from September to January," said John.

"We decide on the show and then who will be taking which role. We try not to have the same people doing the same thing each year.

"This year we have a team of four directing and it seems to work well. It is good to have different ideas.

"This year we are also performing a summer show, so as soon as the panto has finished we will start working on that.

"It will play from May 24 to 26 and will be a mix of songs and sketches."

Snow White takes place at the America Hall from January 9 to 12. Ticket details 01392 469179, Monday to Saturday, or email boxoffice@pinhoepantomime.co.uk

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