Society’s panto is a ‘Beauty’ of a festive show

Brighouse Theatre Productions. Pictured are dancers from the PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance
Brighouse Theatre Productions. Pictured are dancers from the PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance

Dancers from the PM Gibson School of Theatre Dance are preparing to strut their stuff and entertain audiences in Brighouse Theatre Productions’ annual pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

Rehearsals are well underway for the pantomime version of the ever-popular Disney show which will be staged at Brighouse Civic Hall from January 23 to 26.
 There will be the usual cast of colourful characters - including the Dame played by Chris Sheard, ‘her’ mischievous son Jacques portrayed by the well-known local lad John Murphy, a wicked enchantress, an immortal flower fairy, some vicious sisters, a couple of beauticians, a handsome prince, a beautiful young girl and, of course, the Beast. There are also plenty of other characters who are key to the story.

Putting the cast through their paces is the producer Pete Forsyth. Musical director Jill

Lambert is rehearsing the company in the many songs, both old and new which will delight the audiences. Philippa Gibson is choreographing the dancers.

Behind the scenes, a hard-working team of stage crew will be pulling out all the stops to make sure the show goes with a swing.

Publicity officer Margaret Hallatt said: “These people have an important role in ensuring that the pantomime is a success.

“Everyone from the stage manager, director, pantomime co-ordinator, musicians, scene builders and shifters down to the front of house team, ticket sellers, tea-makers and raffle organisers has a vital part to play. All these people will be giving hours of their time and will be very happy if their efforts have brought a smile to the faces of the audiences during the long winter days of January.”

Tickets can be ordered on 01484 402435. They cost £10 for adults and £7 for senior citizens and children. A family ticket costs £30 for four people, maximum two adult tickets.

The show is at 7.15pm in the evenings with matinees on Saturday, January 25 at 2.15pm and Sunday, January 26 at 1.15pm.

Tonight, Thursday, members of the Brighouse Theatre Productions’ choir will be raising the roof at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, with their ‘Carols with a Twist’ concert which starts at 7.15pm. There will be well-known and less familiar carols, some with a brass band accompaniment.