Seil to stage the fairest pantomime of all

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Heigh-ho, heigh-ho it’s off to Seil panto you must go.

Lines are being learned, backdrops painted, magic mirror polished and tickets are on sale now for a double-showing of Snow White and The Seven Seileachans at Seil Island Community Hall coming soon.

More than 20 islanders will tread the boards in time-old fashion on Saturday January 26 when the curtains lift for two performances of Snow White – the fairest panto of all -at 3pm and 7pm.

The community cast of young and older are supported by a behind-the-scenes crew taking charge of props, choreography, make-up, music, set, sound, lights and costumes.

John Colston, who penned this year’s panto offering, plays Squinty, one of the Seven Seileachans. His six pals are Wrinkly, Leaky, Snoozy, Windy, Cranky and Psycho, so brace yourselves for a fairytale show that will be far from ‘Grimm’.

In the tiny Kingdom of Seil everyone, except for the Wicked Queen, is excitedly waiting for the return of their beloved princess Snow White after a gap-year in Africa.

But who will keep Snow White safe from her wicked stepmother? Will it be the hen-pecked king, sparkly-winged godmother Fairy Dust, the children, PC Percy Posy or the revolting slate workers who want higher wages?

Be patient as all will be revealed on the stage – as well as the hall floor in front of the curtains and in the central aisle when the action spills out into the audience. so bring your throat sweets and be prepared to cheer, shout, boo the baddies and hoorah the heroes.

Tickets for Seil Drama Group’s fifth panto production are on sale now at Balvicar Store for £5, which includes juice and ice-cream in the interval. Souvenir programmes are £1 and DVDs capturing the show’s magic moments will go on sale at the store in February – oh yes, they will!