by Alan Frayn
For many members it’s the highlight of the year, and for many the panto has been the reason why they have developed a love of the stage.
Ruth Atkinson co-directs & produces her third pantomime, and is assisted this year by Joanne Bates. Both have been involved in Brampton Players for many years, on and off the stage, passing down their enthusiasm to their children.
We are delighted to have our young choreographer Emily Atkinson, on board for another year. Emily, who is only 16 has choreographed the previous two pantomimes, has a wealth of experience to draw on, plus bags of enthusiasm and energy!
We have a couple of new faces this season – notably young singer/songwriter Clare Louise Roberts, who is relishing getting her teeth the role of the Evil Witch, with an even nastier sidekick Casey Roberts. The traditional “Silly Billy” role is undertaken by a young, but old favourite Andy Bates! Our Sleeping Beauty (Princess Rose) is perfectly played by multi-talented William Howard School pupil Abbie Smith, who has the voice of an angel. We are also delighted to welcome back last years’ Cinderella – Lauren Sweeney…. this year playing the Principal lead of Prince Alexis. Finally, a pantomime would not be the same without its larger than life Dame, so donning the frocks & wigs this year is old Brampton favourite Chris Laird.
Local youngsters are being encouraged to take part and take up an invaluable role as chorus members, who often play two or three parts, being on stage more often than some of the “main cast”.
Sleeping Beauty has been written specially for Brampton Players by Alan Frayn, who has tailored the panto to the Players’ strengths.
Director Ruth Atkinson said “We have a talented, fantastic cast who are certainly looking forward to entertaining the Brampton audiences with their all singing & dancing version of Sleeping Beauty!”
SLEEPING BEAUTY DIRECTOR
on behalf of Brampton Players