Pantomime’s sleeping stars

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The Bilton Pantomummers’ take on Sleeping Beauty hits the stage at Crescent School in Bilton tonight (Friday) and Saturday.

Starring Bill and Ben the paparazzi men, Cawston and Alwyn (the not very good royal guards), three frogs that become fairies and a little bit of punk rock – the show descends on Rugby just when you thought the panto season was over.

The show boasts a cast of more than 30 young people and adults, who have been rehearsing since September.

You can expect a spinning wheel, a prince and a princess and all those other traditional panto favourites such as the baddie and the dame, along with a good mix of topical and local references.

Kirsty Bright was only eight when she made her first Bilton appearance in 2006 and now steps into the key role of the baddie, while dad Kevin Bright teams up with Liam Cook as the cheeky chappie paparazzi duo.

Rugby High School pupil Flo Chapman is Sleeping Beauty, Bilton stalwart Paul Noy is the dame and Bilton School pupil Dani Hinds plays Danidini, the dashing prince’s sidekick. The prince is 19-year-old Suzy Davenport.

Richard Howarth, director, said: “There’s a great family spirit at Bilton panto and it’s great to see new people join.

“Our prince this year is played by 19-year-old Suzy Davenport who started out with us a dancer, has gone on to take lead roles and will soon be heading off to drama school. So, do come and join us for a show that’s great fun and suitable for all the family – and you may also see stars of the future.”

Tickets £5 adults and £3 children, are on sale at Bilton Post Office, Bilton chemist and Woodlands Post Office.