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Panto Week is Finally Upon Us

We have just one more dress rehearsal to run through for any last minute tweaks before we raise the curtain for the first of nearly 80 performances of our giant production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Many of you will have already caught a glimpse of our panto cast in their stunning attire during last Saturday’s festive reindeer parade. It was great to see so many people brave the rain, hail, thunder, lightning and everything else that the weather intermittently threw at us that day.

One of my personal highlights of the day was seeing a young boy strapped in his pram who excitedly pointed out Richard J Fletcher to his parents after recognising him as Captain Billy from Dick Whittington two years ago. Having that kind of impact on the kids is something that really brings home how popular our pantomimes are.

The rain didn’t manage to dampen the festive spirits at the parade last weekend, although there may have been a little make-up running down Fine Time Fontayne’s cheek by the time it finished. Thankfully all the tremendous costumes survived undamaged by the elements too, which our wardrobe depart were very thankful for having spent months making them all in house along with our designer Celia Perkins.

This year there are a staggering 72 costumes for the panto, that includes multiple costumes for our cast of eight, our live band, the brilliantly talented kids in our two chorus teams and of course Daisy the Cow.

Like the panto itself from the script to the set, the costumes are all made in-house especially for this one production. Our annual pantomime is one in itself, and one for Oldham. We’re always aware that no matter how much fun putting on a panto is for us, the show is not for us but for the borough of Oldham.

Jack and the Beanstalk will see us through until next year and keep us at our busiest throughout the run. For those of you who are regular pantomime attenders remember that as always due to demand we will be revealing our 2014-15 panto on the opening day on Saturday 16 November with tickets available from the moment our Box Office opens at 10am and available all year. We always have a huge demand so make sure you get yours early.

See you at the theatre,

Kevin Shaw.