Keeping it in the family

The cast of the forthcoming Wooler pantomime performance.
The cast of the forthcoming Wooler pantomime performance.
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The Pied Piper and the Mayor of Hamelin Town, Glendale Middle School, Wooler, Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 7pm with 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £5, children £3.

Wooler’s Community Panto is a real family show this year with a brother and sister team in the starring roles.

Emily Pearse, 18, and her 22-year-old brother Michael take to the stage next Friday (March 23) as The Pied Piper and the Mayor of Hamelin Town in a musical romp that promises lots of laughter and a happy ending.

Michael and Emily have been appearing in the community panto in Wooler since it restarted five years ago.

“They’re born troupers,” the show’s director David Wilson said.

“Michael has a natural bent for comedy and Emily has a beautiful voice and great stage presence.

“Together with the rest of the cast we’ve got a great team to entertain the people of Wooler this year.

“As usual there are performers of all ages – from kids to grannies and granddads.”

As well as telling the tale of the Pied Piper, the show will be bringing locals the highlights of Hamelin’s International Music Festival, allowing room for songs, dances and sketches, including the much awaited return of Wooler’s infamous mens’ dance troupe.

This year the money raised from the panto will go to support Wooler schools’ activities, the Wooler Christmas Lights Appeal and day trips for the elderly in the town.

Wooler Community Panto Group was revived in 2008 and has raised around £10,000 for local charities.

There will be two evening performances at 7pm in Glendale Middle School, Brewery Road, Wooler, on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, as well as a matinee performance at 2pm on the Saturday.

Tickets cost £5 with children’s tickets £3.

They can be bought at Brands newsagent in the High Street, Mick Hope’s garage and Farm to Freeze on South Road as well as at the Cheviot Centre on Padgepool Place.