Panto promises to be a visual extravaganza

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PANTOMINE audiences are in for a festive treat this year with the Hawick group’s first ever production of Alice in Wonderland, writes Sarah Williamson.

Lewis Carroll’s famous story of a girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole has been specially written and adapted for the town hall stage by last year’s choreographer Andrew Shields – who is also bringing his vision to life with his debut in the producer’s chair. And with a cast of 16 characters and a colourful show full of song, comedy and a new twist on the popular tale, Andrew says they have worked hard since August to ensure that Hawick’s beloved panto is a hit.

He told the Hawick News: “It is a really visual show, with vibrant costumes, a lot of comedy and all of the characters are quite friendly; it is a real family show. And kids will love it, there is a lot of interaction and the dances chorepgraphed by Emma Coltman are phenomenal.”

Teri Andrew says he has benefited from the guidance of seasoned pantomine pro Margaret Moyes, and received great support as he strives to produce a show that will make Christmas in Hawick extra special this year. And with the help of both old and new faces joining his cast, says he is thrilled. “Every scene is different so it’s been quite a big task, but I’ve been excited watching it and we have a whole new cast that is doing brilliantly”, he stated.

“Shanice Miller (pictured) is the perfect Alice, she has a lovely voice. It is one of the biggest lead female roles as she is in every scene, but she’s nailed it,” he commented.

Regular Mike Webber lends his expertise to the roles of the Fairy and the Duchess, while former producer Lisa Scott plays Teridom, and popular newcomer Cammy Renwick portrays sidekick Teridee. And in another first, past producers Graham Ford and Margaret Moyes are among the cast, playing the King and Edith. Other cast members include: Tom Ford (Queen); Hannah Inglis (rabbit) Alison Elliot (Cheshire Cat); Cathy Flynn (Caterpillar); Roslyn Mundell (Mad Hatter); Charlie Marshall (March Hair); and Cheryl Tice (Humpty Dumpty).

Andrew added: “I’m nervous, but hopefully people will support it and we will create that special Christmas feeling.”

Tickets for the show (from December 10-14) are on sale at Rum and Milk.