Warkworth panto

Emily Williams as Soliloquy Miller for Rumpelstiltskin
Emily Williams as Soliloquy Miller for Rumpelstiltskin
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FINAL rehearsals are taking place for Warkworth Drama Group’s traditional pre-Christmas pantomime which this year is Rumpelstiltskin.

The 19th century fairy tale of an evil imp’s influence over a beautiful maiden and later a royal family is getting a local makeover thanks to the efforts of a talented cast and crew led by director Antonia Giacomini.

Taking liberties with the Brothers Grimm story, local playwright Daniel Watkins has scripted a show packed with comedy, song and dance.

Daniel has kept to the original plot of a beautiful maiden being given the seemingly impossible task of weaving straw into gold. If she succeeds, she wins the hand in marriage of the dashing prince, Prince Dashing. But failure will result in her execution.

Banished to a tower in the Wark-the-worth Castle to complete the spinning task, the love-sick maid, Soliloquy Miller, is approached by Rumpelstiltskin who offers a solution to her deadly dilemma. But his proposal comes with strings attached.

Needless to say the story develops along some highly unlikely but humorous lines. Will love conquer all? Will good triumph over evil?

To find out what happens, make a date to attend one of the four performances at the Memorial Hall in Warkworth. The show is being staged at 7.30pm on Thursday, December 15, Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17. There will also be a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets are available now, priced £6 for adults and £4 for children, at Warkworth Village Store and N&F Young of Amble, or through the drama group web site at www.warkworthdrama.org.uk