Christmas Humbug? What the Dickens? It’s Ebenezer the Pantomime!

ebenezer_icon(from Over Players)
It’s getting close to Christmas so it’s panto time! All the lines have been learnt and the cast have mastered the four part harmony under the direction of our musical director Mike Bernard. The chorus have got to grips with the choreography led by Jamie Foster (with the help of Ruby Webb and Helen Scully) and we are all leaving rehearsals singing the wonderful selection of songs that you are going to love. All we need now is the audience! 

Last year the Over Players won a NODA award for the best pantomime in the region. This year our team is strengthened with the addition of new members from the talented team from Willingham Stagecraft who have joined with us to create a feel-good family show with all the elements you would expect from traditional pantomime and a much loved Christmas story. Expect action, dancing, slapstick, lots of laughs, a few horrible puns plus a terrific live band leading the musical numbers.

Loosely based on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and the musical “Scrooge”, this traditional tale has been written especially for the Over Players, and is directed by author Phil Norton. Ebenezer (Chas Barclay) is a nasty old geezer not helped by his sidekick Mini Miser (Jamie Tipple). With him as a boss how can poor Bob Cratchitt (Alex Turpin) and his wife (Maria Marshall) look after all those children ( Lizzy Clarke, Daisy Beresford, Rory Morris, Georgia Allen, Christopher Mann and Leah Nicholson) and remain so incredibly cheerful in such hapless circumstances? How does Ebenezer’s nephew Fred (Matt Sweeney) put up with such a miserable miser for an uncle yet still try to include him in his Christmas celebrations?

Money comes first for Ebenezer until the arrival of the ghost of his former business partner, now the magnificent Marlene (Luke Northfield), with her sidekick Mini-Marlene (Amy Shears). They show Ebenezer the consequences of continuing in his miserly ways with the help of three Christmas Ghosts (Steve Creighton, Wendy Lowe and Tizia von der Trenck). Watch as young Ebenezer (Olly Hockin) puts money before his relationship with young Belle (Becky Amos). Will Ebenezer mend his ways in time? Will Belle (Melissa Jordan), the love of his life give up on him?

Show dates Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th December 2013 at the Community Centre in Over. In response to requests for family friendly start times, in addition to the Saturday matinee, the Tuesday performance starts early at 7pm. Tickets are selling fast. To guarantee your seats at this fun filled family show do book in advance. We hate disappointing anyone and it is so easy. Book by phone on 07521 099146, send an email request to bookings@overplayers.org.uk or book online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/overplayers where you can choose your seats directly (booking fee applies). Tickets cost at Adults £8.50; Senior Citizens £7.00 and Under 18’s £6.00. Family tickets £26.00 (2 Adults and 2 Under 18’s).

A full cast list and details can be found on the website http://www.overplayers.org.uk/. Do come and support your local Amdram group – it will be fun!

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