Peter Pan panto prepares for take-off at Sheringham

Peter Pan panto cast members ready for rehearsals. Picture: RICHARD BATSON

Peter Pan panto cast members ready for rehearsals. Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: RICHARD BATSON

The cast of Sheringham's pantomime has flown into town to begin rehearsals for the popular festive show.

Barkey the dog (Rik Warren) meets evil Captain Hook (Neil Paris). Picture: RICHARD BATSON

Barkey the dog (Rik Warren) meets evil Captain Hook (Neil Paris). Picture: RICHARD BATSON - Credit: RICHARD BATSON

Special effects and puppetry will add to the magic of the story about Peter Pan, the high-flying boy who never grew up.

A lot of hard work has already gone into preparing the production's script, music, and local youngsters who are joining the professional cast.

But director Nick Earnshaw now has just two over two weeks to bring the recipe to the boil ready to serve up to audiences.

He said: 'In that time we have lines, songs and dances to learn, along with linking it all to puppetry and projection, costumes, lighting and sets. It is like juggling 60 balls all at the same time.


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'We want to challenge ourselves and have taken the panto to another level with special effects to make it more cinematic – using things we have not tried before.

'Then we try it all out with preview shows before the main season opens to see how it all works on the other cast member – the audience. If things get a good reaction we do more of them,' he added.

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Peter is played by George Caporn, 23, who is tackling his first professional panto since graduating from school. He said: 'We toured a panto at college and I love getting the crowd involved.'

The action focuses on the amazing stories told by Wendy Darling (Gemma Wilson) to her younger brothers despite the efforts of her strict father, nanny and dog Barkey (Rik Warren).

The tales from Neverland, with some mentions of north Norfolk, also feature feisty fairy Tinker Bell (Nicola Barney), bumbling pirates Miss Smee (James Lavender) and Starkey (Rik Warren) and evil Captain Hook (Cromer-based actor Neil Paris).

A pair of specially-made crocodile puppets – Tick and Tock – devised especially for the show also join the cast along with a mini Peter and Wendy. Local youngsters are playing the Lost Boys, pirates and warrior princess Tiger Lily.

Peter Pan runs from December 7 to January 1, with two shows a day, and including some dates especially for schools. For tickets and information call the box office on 01263 822347 or visit the website on www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com . The Hub cafe will also be providing bookable 'pre-flight' refreshment.

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