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Theatre panto

Some of the cast and chorus of Cinderella in rehearsal under the watchful eye of musical director Ryan Harris.
Some of the cast and chorus of Cinderella in rehearsal under the watchful eye of musical director Ryan Harris.
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With Christmas over, members of the Gateway Theatre Group are in final rehearsal before raising the curtain on this years annual Portadown Pantomime

With over 30 years’ experience behind them, and renowned for being one of the most ‘professional’ amateur productions in the province, this year, the local company are presenting the most famous panto of all…. Cinderella

This is one of the highlights of the year, a real family show, involving local people from the town. Whether you are six or 60 you are encouraged to cheer on the hero and boo the baddie….oh yes you are!

This year sees the welcome return of many familiar faces to the stage. Eddie Drury and Susan McPeake play the ugly sisters, Lawrence Cinnamond returns as Baron Hardup with Elaine Hanvey playing the Baroness.

The title role is played by Charlotte McClelland with Prince Charming played by the experienced Daniel May. Seanny Roberts, a firm favourite with the audience, plays the famous role of Buttons.

Adam McCaffrey also returns this year and play the Princes friend Dandini. Two actors share the role of the Fairy godmother in this year’s production, Hannah Leckey and Kirsty Fleming. Panto stalwart, Marie Tiffney is the Major Domo and of course their may be a couple of surprise appearances during the show,

This year’s show is again directed by Millie O’Kasili, choreographed by Deborah Fleming with musical director Ryan Harris at the keyboard.

The show opens on Thursday, January 15 and runs for 14 performances finishing on Saturday, January 31. There are 11 evening shows and three matinees.

Booking forms are available from Portadown Town Hall Box office or you can contact the Panto Hotline on 38351313. Tickets are always in demand for this production so book yours now.