It’s panto time again, and Buxton Drama League are getting ready for their ever-popular production at the Burbage Institute.
The Drama League always like to take their own fresh slant on a traditional tale and this year is no exception, with the sci-fi panto adventure Snow White and the Nine Aliens!
In the League’s reworking of the traditional tale (based on a script by Judith Dixon), the beautiful Snow White flees the evil Queen Delectabila and finds herself in the middle of a space war. She is befriended by the planet’s Home Guard (the Nine Aliens), but soon finds herself the subject of the amorous intentions of Emperor Pong the Powerful. Will her boyfriend, the heroic Dash Goodshow (aided by the pilot Captain Berk and the spaced-out hippy Major Tim) rescue her in time? Will Emperor Pong find true love? And will the Nine Aliens find someone to do their washing up? All these questions and more will be answered in this hilarious new take on a classic tale.
Co-director Robbie Carnegie, who also adapted the script, says: “We always try and do something a little different with the Burbage pantomimes.
“We may not be in a large theatre, with all the scope for special effects that offers, but we make up for that with originality, a great sense of humour and boundless enthusiasm. The cast is made up of experienced Buxton panto favourites, such as Chinley’s Barrie Goodwin as the Dame, local vet Peter Stubbington as Captain Berk and Maria Carnegie and Paul Harrison (well known for their annual performances in The Shakespeare Jukebox) as Dash Goodshow and Major Tim respectively. Snow White is played by Buxton Community School student Holly Friend, and the show also sees the return of Drew Walsh, who was a huge hit last year as the Genie in Aladdin, as Emperor Pong the Powerful.”
Add to this the usual mix of slapstick comedy, high-energy musical numbers (from first-time choreographer Nancy Brookes) and a cast ranging in age from six to 70, there’s something for everyone in what’s become a must-see event for the people of Buxton.
Robbie explains the show’s title: “There’s obviously a practical value to having aliens rather than dwarfs – they can be any height! And why Nine rather than the regular Seven? Simple, there were just too many good people to limit it to seven, so I wrote in two new aliens!”