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Beauty and the Beast

A pantomime by Carolyn Taylor
Friday 30 January 2009 - Saturday 31 January 2009
& Friday 6 February 2009 - Saturday 7 February 2009
Faringdon Junior School, 26 Gloucester Street, Faringdon SN7 7HY
Directed by Carolyn Taylor
Producer: John Taylor
Musical Director: Stephen Page

Performances start 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. Each performance lasts approximately 2½ hours. Matinées on Saturdays only.
Tickets: £7. Concessions £5. Tickets were available from The Nut Tree, 2 Cornmarket, Faringdon.

The magic of the Teller of Tales brings us the story of Beauty (Belle) and her impoverished family and The Beast. They are held captive in his palace and garden, with a motley collection of Nursery Rhyme characters, by the spell of the evil Taletwister. A stolen rose brings them together, but can the Teller of Tales bring their story to a happy ending, or will the Taletwister destroy their hopes of living “Happily ever after” and, incidentally, manage to steal all the nursery rhymes from little children for ever? Well it’s a panto, so surely good must triumph in the end…….mustn’t it?

More info? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty_and_the_Beast

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Photographs by Ian Lee

Cast (in order of appearance):

The Teller of Tales - Karen Whiffen
Mr Merchant (Dad) - Alan Taylor
Belle Merchant (Beauty) - Lauren Bates
Henrietta Merchant - Clare Matthews
Heloise Merchant - Abby Benson
Johnny Merchant - Oliver Billson
Jimmy Merchant - Rhys Lewis
Joe Merchant - Seb Allum
Bad Fairy Taletwister - Katie Dyet
Dobbin the tap-dancing horse - Joan Lee; Debbie Lock
Little Bo Peep - Gary Field
Little Jack Horner - Jack Porter
Boy Blue - Alfie Duffen
Mary-Mary - Afton Stinnie
Miss Muffett - Esme Cottier
‘Vinegar’ Jack - Barnaby Vogt
Beast - Adrian Wells
The Old Woman who lived in a shoe - Katie Goodwin
Solo dancer - Jenny Whiffen
Prince - Austen Roberts
Dancers - Isabelle Clarke; Anna Dyet; Briony Farmer; Verity Green; Holly Hamer; Amelia Hunt; Ellie Kirwin-Jones; Meg Porter; Monica Segola; Alisha Snozwell; Megan Taylor; Julia Thomas; Rosie Townsend; Daisy Vanags; Jenny Whiffen
Townsfolk of Faringdon (chorus) - Kirsty Bayliss; Verity Green; Lexie Hodgson; Bronwyn Lavender; Rachel Keaney; Matthew Warner; Hazel Wells
The Famous Five: Julian - Laurence Cain
Dick - Huw Lewis; Matthew Warner
George - Eilish Simpson
Anne - Sally Hayter
Special appearances by: Alice - Alice Stephens
Peter Pan - Anna Dyet
Harry Potter - Jake Thorpe
Frodo Baggins - Meg Thorpe
Sam Gamgee - Ben Draper
Catherine Earnshaw - Lexie Hodgson
Hamlet - David Tennant
Jill - Sasha Dobner
Heathcliff - Allan Dover
Orchestra - Steve Page; Debra Warner; Richard Lock; Martin Brown; Rebecca Whiffen; Martha Kiff; Mark Langley Smith

See programme for further details.

Production No.160 (6 shows were performed over 4 days).