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Thespians hope panto will be plain sailing after saving cash on props

By Ed Elliot, Penistone Reporter Friday 27th December 2013
Yvonne Gaines and Michelle Cleary, along with Sopwith the camel, prepare 120 metres of material which will be used as the sails of the ship in Penistone Theatre Group's pantomime Dick Whittington.

Thespians in Penistone hope their 2014 pantomime performance of Dick Whittington will be plain sailing after saving hundreds of pounds on props.


About 120 metres of white material will be used to create the sails of the ship in the Penistone Theatre Group production.


It should have cost almost £400 but Chris Walker, who will play the Dame, managed to pick it up free from a work colleague who had stored it in his garage for five years.


Behind-the-scenes stars Yvonne Gaines and Michelle Cleary now have the job of preparing the fabric for the first performance - on Thursday, January 30 - as well as sewing all the costumes.


Rebecca Barnett, from the theatre group, said she was looking forward to the pantomime, which will run until Saturday, February 8.


"I just like the fact that it's a traditional pantomime and the involvement with people watching," she said.


"Rehearsals started in October and we've got a really good choir of 30 children."


Sian Fowler will play Dick, with Michael Beard as King Rat and Michael Cutts as the Captain.


Anyone wishing to help out behind the scenes or paint scenery should email secretary<\@>


For the full schedule and tickets visit or call the box office on 767532. Seat positions can be chosen online.

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