A great night out at the Glenrothes panto

Dick Whittington cast'Glenrothes Theatre Company
Dick Whittington cast'Glenrothes Theatre Company

Glenrothes Theatre Company’s pantomime has played to packed houses at Rothes Halls for the past six years, and there’s plenty to cheer, boo and laugh at in its seventh offering – ‘Dick Whittington’.

Audiences are invited to dress up in costume and join in the fun for the show which starts tonight (Wednesday) and runs until Friday.

Come along and cheer Dick Whittington and his faithful Cat as he seeks his fortune in London and meets the lovely Alice. Boo the wicked Ruler of the Rats, laugh at the antics of Sarah and Jackie, set sail for Morocco with Captain Coracle and his hopeless crew.

Dick is played by 16-year -old Sarah Donaldson, who has appeared in two of the company’s previous pantomimes and had a leading part in their one-act play “Love Bites”. She’s now taking on her first title role, with 11-year-old Beth Mudie making her debut as principal girl Alice Fitzwarren.

Kacey Dryburgh (9), also makes a first-time appearance as Dick’s Cat - watch out for an unusual gymnastic battle when she takes on a pair of ferocious Rats.

Audrey Stevenson and Lee Mitchell do battle as Sarah the cook and Jackie her no-good assistant, with their constant arguments severely testing the patience of their employer Alderman Fitzwarren, played by Billy Hardie.

Good and evil are represented by Anna Gorniak as Fairy Nuff and Colin Cunningham as King Rat, who is supported by Amanda Wallace as Fester. Two more comedy twosomes add to the fun. Rachel Saxton teams up with experienced Stephanie Childs as no-good layabouts Mildew and Fungus, while Don Roth and Aileen Henderson contend with each other as the hen-pecked Sultan and his domineering Sultana.

Nikki Black appears as old sea dog Cap’n Coracle, trying to whip ship’s mate Katie Elliot and hopeless crew Darcy Johnstone, Abbie McBride and Megan Ayling into shape.

Producer Norma Nicol’s policy of introducing talented young performers to Glenrothes Theatre Company productions each year continues.

‘Dick Whittington’ was written by Leslie playwright Ron Nicol.