Chorley St George’s DAMS (Dramatic and Musical Society) will present the traditional pantomime of Sleeping Beauty this week.
The spirited cast is tackling the timeless and intriguing story of a princess wronged at her baptism and saved a century later by the kiss of a handsome prince.
Member Bill Walker said: “As a pantomime it stands a little apart, not least because normally we see little of the principal boy (here played by Sian Phillipson) and Sleeping Beauty herself until the second act.
“Fear ye not! The writer is clever in waking the principal girl for a brief time as a 12-year-old, allowing Amelia Birkett the scope to play a stroppy teenager.
“The King and Queen, played by Netta Gill and Elaine Heartfield, are allowed time to expos their befuddled incompetence.
“The rest is pure pantomime, directed by the experienced Glenys Bradley.
“Alan Frayn’s is a cracking script laced with action and one-liners, and audiences will enjoy the larks of Fetch and Carrie, the pages who cannot be paged (Vicci Naylor and Caroline Heyworth), and dame Dottie Dettol (John Bradley).
“We expect them to shout to court jester Muddles (Marie Holland), and marvel at the battle between ‘evil’ in the form of Witch Hazel (Elizabeth Wilding) and inevitably triumphant ‘good’ represented by Fairy Lilac (Samantha Trafford) as they duel in rhyming spells.
“This being St George’s DAMS there is a cracking chorus of all ages, the obligatory ghost scene and classroom chaos, with an opportunity for the audience to sing heartily at the close.”
The pantomime will be held in the Church Hall, Halliwell Street, Chorley on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; February 18, 19 and 20, at 7.30pm.
There is also an afternoon matinee at 2pm on Saturday.
Tickets are available from 01257 276540.