Villagers in for a treat as pantomime fever hits Kessingland

The ensemble of the Kessingland Players 2016 pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods. Picture: Mick Howes

The ensemble of the Kessingland Players 2016 pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods. Picture: Mick Howes

Mick Howes

All the wonder of Sherwood Forest will be coming to a stage in Kessingland this week.

The Kessingland Community Players are preparing for their sixth production and this year’s undertaking will be the pantomime Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

Karen Delf, 54, the director, said: “We have great fun with lots of laughter over the months from September

to the performances in January.

“We will be looking for lots of audience participation including the traditional singing while the cast prepare for the finale.”

The panto has become a fixture in the village in recent years with residents looking forward to the annual performance.

Ms Delf, who has lived in the village all her life, said: “It is not uncommon to be walking through the village and be asked ‘what are you doing for us this year?”

“Some of our audience have told us this is not their usual choice of entertainment but enjoy it as they know most of the cast and feel it is quite a personal show.”

Most of the original members from 2009 are still in the group which has been joined by family and friends of the cast since the players’ formation. This year among their new recruits are six young members.

The group is supported by Kessingland Methodist Church where some of the members attend and their rehearsals take place.

The performances take place on Friday, January 29 at 7pm and Saturday, January 30 at 7pm at the Kessingland Sport and Social Centre on Francis Road.

The show on Saturday afternoon, at 2.30pm, is now sold out.

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