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Amateur panto to raise money for local charities

Posted onPosted on 1st Dec

There will be two amateur dramatic productions to enjoy at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield, in January once the theatre’s professional panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, has finished.

Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe is putting on Cinderella, from Saturday, 27th January to Saturday, 3rd February.

All profits from the troupe’s shows are donated to local charities.

The 2016 production of Jack And The Beanstalk resulted in £4,334 being presented to Mansfield area causes — Mansfield Soup Kitchen, Portland College, Home-Start Mansfield and the Lee Bonsall Memorial Fund.

It took the total raised by the troupe since it began in 1980 to around £125,000.

The troupe is made of people aged from 13 to pensioners and its musicians and choreographers also all provide their services free.

A spokesman said: “It promises to be bigger and better than ever

“It’s time to be charmed by the classic rags to riches fairytale of downtrodden Cinders, forced to serve her jealous step-sisters and wicked stepmother.

“She’s off to the ball, so why don’t you come too?

“With best buddy Buttons and a magical fairy godmother on hand, Cinderella looks certain to escape the misery of her dastardly step-sisters and find true love in the arms of a dashing prince. But the course of true love never did run smooth…”

The pantomime performances are:

Saturday, 27th January — 2.15pm.
Monday, 29th January to Friday, 2nd February — 7.15pm.
Saturday, 3rd February — 2.15pm and 7.15pm.

The spokesman added: “Regular patrons of our shows will know that you not only watch but are cordially invited to participate with the cast and enjoy the humour as we prove that laughter is the best medicine on a cold winter’s afternoon or evening.”

Tickets, priced £8/£7concessions, are available from the Palace Theatre box office, call 01623 633133 or go to www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre in January or to cast members.

Westfield Folkhouse is staging Sleeping Beauty from 13th to 21st January, including Sunday morning shows.
Go to www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre or call 01623 633133 for details. Tickets are priced £6.

Westfield Folkhouse has been producing pantomimes in Mansfield since 1942 and this year has added an extra Sunday morning show.

Last year’s production was a sell-out.

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