Panto time – oh yes it is!

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It’s pantomime time again – Oh yes it is!

This year Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club will be bringing family-favourite Cinderella to the festive stage.

Performance dates at the Corran Halls are set for Thursday December 6, Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8, with a special matinee show on the last day.

Top script-writer Alan McHugh has worked a treat with additional material from members of the club.

Regular attenders at the drama club’s pantos will recognise many of the usual cast members but, this year, there are a few new faces.

Tickets are available now from the Corran Halls.

Jack Degnan has come up with this rhyme to set the scene:

This is the story of Cinderella
with Buttons her friend, and Dandini who’s not really a fella.
Poor Cinders has to sleep in the school kitchen and skivvy and clean
after her stepmother, Roxette, and stepsisters who are nasty and mean.
And then there’s the king who thinks that he is ‘Elvis’
But who can’t do the moves because of his pelvis.
Cinders dreams of a prince, handsome and tall
who’ll sweep her off her feet at the big palace ball.
But the evil Roxette has plans of her own
to ensure one of her daughters ascends to the throne.
Angelica, a guardian angel, is determined that Roxette’s plans fail
but Cinderella has to believe for the magic to prevail.
Much of the action takes place in an unusual location;
Not a creepy forest, or fine castle but a place of education.
What? You say, this is not the story you remember?
Then all will be revealed in the Corran Halls in early December.

To add to the excitement, there is a chance to win free family tickets.

‘Poor Cinderella, she forgot her guardian angel’s warning to be home by midnight and, in her haste to run from the ball she lost her glass slipper. Can you help her to find it and, as a reward, you’ll receive a free family ticket for two adults and two children?’ said Mr Degnan.

Four glass slippers will be hidden somewhere around Oban, each with a chance of winning a set of tickets to one of the four shows.

The clues will be posted on Benderloch and North Connel Drama Club’s Facebook page but for starters here is the first one:

‘Not the shape but an Oban Square
Where modes of transport start and stop from there
There stands a building with four faces, round
Close by the first glass slipper may be found
If you look around a public seat
Just be careful where you place your feet.’

‘Don’t worry, you won’t have to be a Mastermind Champion to solve the clue! When found, the slipper should be handed in to the Corran Halls office where it will be swapped for the tickets,’ said Mr Degnan.