Amateur group take on a panto classic

Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!' Georgia Garrington as Laurey and Andrew Fletcher as Curly.

Coquetdale Amateur Dramatic Society proudly present Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!' Georgia Garrington as Laurey and Andrew Fletcher as Curly.

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After its success last year with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, a village drama group is gearing up for its next production.

Coquetdale Amateur Dramtics Society (CADS) will be staging Dick Whittington and His Cat at Rothbury’s Jubilee Hall next month.

Rehearsals for the four-performance show are well under way with the cast and crew preparing for the opening matinee on Sunday, February 8.

And as with all CADS productions, it promises to deliver all the elements audiences expect from a pantomime.

The well-known English folklore story, based on the real-life Richard Whittington (1354-1423), a wealthy merchant and thrice Lord Mayor of London, is popular with adults and children alike.

It tells the story of how he supposedly escaped his poverty-stricken childhood and made his fortune, thanks to the ratting abilities of his trusty cat.

An orphan, he sets off to London after hearing the streets are paved with gold.

But he soon finds himself hungry and homeless and falls asleep at the gates of the home of a wealthy merchant.

He is given quarters which are infested by rodents, but his cat manages to control the problem.

And when the merchant takes the cat on a voyage with the hope that it is sold, Dick manages to make his fortune.

Marion Reynolds, from CADS, said: “We aim to deliver an excellent mixture of goodies and baddies, a very eccentric and larger-than-life dame, a bit of love and lots of laughs and endless opportunity for audience participation.

“This is a show that will appeal across all age ranges, there really is something for everyone.”

The show starts on Friday, February 8, at 2,30pm and will then be shown nightly from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 14, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £7.50, £6.50 conc, £4.50 over fives and are available on 07884 350985 or from Tully’s in the village.