It’s panto time again… oh yes it is!

The cast and crew of Lyme Regis Pantomime Society’s ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ pictured during rehearsals

TICKETS are now available for Lyme Regis Pantomime Society’s production of ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ to be held this month.

This will be the society’s 36th show since its reformation in 1985 and, while not such a well known story, it still has all the wonderful characters, fun, laughter and shenanigans of any traditional pantomime.

Written by Norman Robbins, this local production is being directed by Sarah Causley, who is also leading the choreography along with Amanda Rattenbury-Davies.

The cast is made up of lots of new faces to the society, together with one or two of its much-loved regulars, all supported by a fabulous young and enthusiastic chorus. Both at just 15 years of age, the society’s Grace Knowles and Thomas Miller take up the roles of Mary Foxtrot and David – the principal girl and boy – for the first time, and what a great partnership they make, supported by Richard Shepherd as the wonderful Dame Foxtrot.

The cast also welcomes newcomers Jon Doody as the Wizard and John Tassell as King Neptune, as well as Jacob Denning, Izzy Carey and Josie Smith all treading the boards with the society for the first time.

They are all ably supported by some regular faces that audiences have grown to love over the years.

Penniless Dame Foxtrot doesn’t know her old grandfather clock is a magical possession. Years ago the Fairy Queen locked into it the wicked Black Imp who menaced Fairyland. If the clock ever struck one, the Imp would be freed, so the Queen took away the key.

But the wicked Wizard steals the key, frees the Imp, and seeks to destroy Fairyland by using him to get the magic Jewel of Miracles.

All is set for a terrific battle between the goodies and baddies, with plenty of audience participation, dreadful jokes, bright lights, glitter and fabulous costumes in true pantomime style.

Any show would not be complete without the amazing backstage crew, the unsung heroes, who again fall under the management of Terry Cozens.

Ensuring sets are changed on time, furniture is exactly where it is supposed to be and the curtain is pulled at the correct time is not an easy task, and normally all done in complete darkness.

Working alongside Terry is the props lady, Jane Tappin, who manages to make, beg, borrow and steel some fantastic props, the finishing touch to any show.

A team of helpers also come to the aid of the society to ensure that front of house, box office, refreshments and raffles are run with military precision, again a team of people that make up the whole pantomime package.

The show will be held nightly at 7.30pm from February 19 to 22 at the Woodmead Halls, plus a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are now on sale at Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, costing £10 for adults or £6 for 14s and under.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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