It’s Panto Season in Pickering…Oh yes it is!

by Editorial Team

Pickering Musical Society is preparing for an unusual pantomime season this year. They are finally planning to stage their pantomime, having had to postpone their production of Dick Whittington back in January due to COVID. The production has been moved to May and will be the first time in 100 years that Pickering Musical Society has performed a pantomime in spring.

The production follows the well known story of Dick Whittington and his cat Tom as they travel to London to seek their fortune.

We join the story just as Dick meets a local girl Alice and is given a job by her father Alderman FitzFlintoft in his ironmongers shop. The plot then follows the trials and tribulations of Dicks quest to make his fortune, marry Alice and become Lord Mayor of London. Trying to prevent him succeeding is the evil Queen Rat performed by Maureen Symonds and her despicable associate Uriah Underhand, played by society newcomer John SOMEONE in his first role with the company.

Audiences can expect the usual hilarity and slapstick comedy from Marcus Burnside as Dame Hilda Humbug and comedy double act Paula Paylor as Lily Law  and Stephen Temple playing Idle Jack. Dick is played by Danielle Long and Alice FitzFlintoft Rosie Hodgeson both former members of the societies Youth Theatre.  

The pantomime is written by past society life member Ron Hall and is being directed by Luke   Arnold. Luke has directed and produced many of the societies musicals over the past decade and this will be Lukes sixth pantomime. Asked about the timing of the production Luke said “It has been a difficult time for the theatre and Pickering Musical Society and I am just so pleased we are able to reopen with a pantomime as whatever the time of year I know we all love to laugh and be entertained. Please do come along and show your support to the society, our local performers and our wonderful theatre.”

The performances will take place at the Kirk Theatre in Pickering. The theatre had to close in January due to covid and Dick Whittington marks the full reopening of the venue. 

Dick Whittington opens on Friday 13th May and runs until Sunday 22nd May with matinee performances on both Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are priced from £13 and are available from the Kirk Theatre Box Office on 01751 474833 or online by clicking HERE

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