More than 250 children are taking part in Tameside Council's production of 'Mother Goose'.
The panto arrives in Tameside for its Christmas tour in two weeks' time, Friday, November 28, youngsters who will be starring alongside the professional actors from Pendle Productions.
Over the last 10 weeks the children have been working with two of the show’s stars - Sue Fulton, who will be playing the Wicked Fairy Vanity and Dan Costello who returns this year as the ever-popular comic Silly Billy - on their dance moves and acting techniques.
“Mother Goose is a fantastic story” commented choreographer Sue, “and with so much traditional humour and slapstick there is lots for the audience to get involved in.
“It has been a real joy working with the young dancers and putting them through their paces. There is such a wealth of talent in Tameside. Not only will the children have had the opportunity to work on stage with professionals but their work will go towards an Arts Award qualification they will be able to use at school and for college entry.”
The dancers have come from across the borough and are representatives of Ashton School of Dance, Base Performing Arts, Nicholson Academy, Dance Gallery, Artsync, Freedom Dancers, Sarah England School of Dance and Kirsten’s Dance Academy.
Director Tim Lince stressed that the dancers are as much a part of the production as the professionals.
He said: “‘Mother Goose’ is a community production touring town halls in each part of the borough so it has to reflect the community by having local involvement. Panto is often the first opportunity for children to see theatre so we have a great responsibility to make sure that this experience is one that will last a lifetime.
“Mother Goose” will be staged at Ashton Town Hall, November 28 to December 1; Dukinfield Town Hall, December 3 and 4; Droylsden Concord Suite, December 6 to 10; Hyde Town Hall, December 12 to 15; George Lawton Hall, Mossley, December 17 to 28.