Carry on up the Romans for Sherston Drama Group
Villains, vixens and village idiots will entertain in Sherston Drama Group’s annual family pantomime this week.
A cast of about 20 members, young and old, are performing in There’s No Place Like Rome, directed by Richard Skessington, at the village hall every day until Saturday.
Georgina Evans, who is playing Cleopatra, said: “It is a funny panto with a really good cast and with lots of kids involved. It’s great fun.”
The play, by Mark Jack, is set in Rome and Egypt and features the usual cast of dames, heroes, villains and a camel called Camilla.
Through tongue-in-cheek humour and one-liners, it tells the history of the early Roman empire.
A dress rehearsal was held on Monday in preparation for the show.
“It’s been hilarious,” added Mrs Evans.
“Everybody involved has loved it. The kids and all of us love doing the pantos because we all have lots of fun.
“The atmosphere is always really good.”
A performance will take place tonight at 7.30pm, and every evening at the same time until Saturday when there will also be a matinee performance at 2.30pm.
Tickets are on sale from the post office in Sherston or from the box office number (01666) 840092 for £6.50, or £5.50 concessions.
This is the sixth panto that Richard Skessington, of Sherston, has directed.
“Rehearsals have gone well and everybody, especially the children, has worked very hard,” he said.
“They have been rehearsing for two months now.
“We’ve had trouble with the camel because we’ve lost its eyes so it looks a bit scary.
“They keep slipping back so I have pulled them forward but they keep going back again.”
A free performance took place on Tuesday for elderly people from care homes and community groups.
“I’m a little bit nervous about the first show in front of an audience but that’s always the way,” he said.
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