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Panto in church

PUBLISHED: 14:10 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:26 07 July 2010

“My Grandmother, what big teeth you have” are words not normally to be heard in a village church.

But this famous line from the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood will be heard in Weasenham St Peter church next week.

“My Grandmother, what big teeth you have” are words not normally to be heard in a village church.

But this famous line from the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood will be heard in Weasenham St Peter church next week.

For the church is the venue for the latest pantomime being staged by the Weasenham Players under the direction of Kate Mead.

According to Mrs Mead, it is very much a village production with people from the community either playing parts or helping in behind-the-scenes roles.

“It is the first time that we have done Little Red Riding Hood and it is very much a traditional pantomime with audiences participation invited,” she said. “We are very lucky in that we are able to use the church and, although it is not the warmest of venues, we do ask our audiences to dress in warm clothing.

Members of the adult audience are given a glass of wine and nibbles are served during the interval”.

The title role of Little Red Riding Hood is being played by Imogen Matthews and her dad, Nick Matthews, is playing the part of the butler, Sternum. The Dame of the panto, called Lady Roxy Rumple, is being played by Eddie Evans. Pam Brown plays Roxy's son, Reggie Rumple.

Kathleen Wyatt will be providing the musical accompaniment on the piano while her husband, Anthony Wyatt will be snarling and growling his way through as the big bad wolf. The part of Prince Rupert is being played by Kate Varley. Peter Brown, who is the indispensable stage manager, has always been supportive of the group and will turn his creative talents to anything that is needed to ensure that everything is alright on the night. The roles of the footmen are being played by

Emma Duggan and Jane Elphick. “Our productions are very much community efforts and everyone in the village just gets involved and among the cast we have some who are from the same family which is good,” said Mrs Mead.

The pantomime is being staged on January 30 and 31 and February 1 and 2. There are now tickets left for ONLY the Wednesday and Thursday performances. Call Jane Looker on 01328 838559.

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