THE Hawick Pantomime Group’s production of Robin Hood rides into town next week.
The 35th Christmas show runs from Tuesday-Saturday, December 9-13, in the town hall.
It is the first time in the group’s history that they have performed Robin Hood and, according to pantomime coordinator Mike Webber, it is shaping up to be an exceptional show with a record number of cast members and a host of top-quality song and dance numbers.
Mike added: “This year the group has benefited from the teenagers who have joined us with their infectious enthusiasm and willingness to support every aspect of this year’s production.
“Our show follows the story of Robin Hood but in true panto style under our producer Graham Ford. We are also running with a team of choreographers this year which has resulted in some great dance routines.
“The choice of music is also really strong and should have everyone singing along.”
Taking on the role of Robin Hood is Alastair Hill, who first joined the company in 2006 when he helped front of house. But this year he has been thrust into the spotlight. Alastair said: “I was first encouraged to be part of the group by my cousin. When I joined the chorus I never imagined I would one day play the lead role. I’ve also been helping with the choreography team this year and I’m really looking forward to the show. We have such a great group this year and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed rehearsals.”
Joining Alistair in the spotlight is Sophie Hyslop, who despite this being her first year in the group, is set to take centre stage as Maid Marion.
Sophie said: “I’ve watched the pantomime for years and love it. As soon I turned 16 I was determined to join the group and I’m thrilled I did. I’m quite nervous about appearing on stage but also really excited.”
The show has 23 different characters including Cammy Renwick who plays the sheriff alongside his deputy, Dogberry (Ged Smith). Ros Mundell features as Friar Tuck who along with the Outlaws plots to overthrow the nasty sheriff.
Among the new group members is Aimee Fraser, who is loving every minute of being part of the show.
“From the first rehearsal I’ve just enjoyed all aspects of the group,” she said. “I loved visiting all the uniform groups in the town to help teach them the hilarious Lumberjack song. I’ve also helped create the props and the Christmas float. It is such a welcoming group and I’d urge others to get involved.”
Tickets – £7 for adults, concession/child £5, and family ticket £20 (two adults and two children) – are available from Rum and Milk, The Wardrobe and Perfectly Polished. The show starts on Tuesday and doors open at 6.30pm.