Boxing Day sees the first performance of this year’s much-anticipated pantomime – Robin Hood – at Scarborough’s YMCA theatre.
The seasonal show will be entertaining audiences into the New Year as a cast of 30-plus provide an all-singing, all-dancing fun show for people of all ages.
Show director James Aconley says audiences can expect a traditional pantomime, but with some modern twists.
“We have all the ingredients of a traditional panto – a hero, a villain and a dame – and some well-loved songs and routines, but we have also thrown in some bang up-to-date songs too, so there should be something for everyone,” he said.
“Everyone is working really, really hard on this show and I know those coming to see it will be in for a treat.”
Main parts will be played by Dan Stubley as Robin, Maria McAdam as Maid Marian, Michael O’Brien as the Dame (Mother Hood) and Miles Horsham-Batley, making his debut
with YMCA Productions, as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Julie Nockels and Joanne Hall from Rowlies Academy of Dance are choreographing the show. It has been sponsored by the new Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Scarborough and also supported by Boyes
Stores. The panto has been written by Kiel Richardson.
The cast of more than 30 ranges in age from 11 to adult and James says its size reflects the excitement that staging Robin Hood has generated.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people who wanted to be involved and faced the huge task of trying to fit all of these absolutely amazing and talented people into the
roles,” he said.
“The atmosphere has been terrific and the way this production has come together has been truly typical of the way Scarborough YMCA operates. Everyone has supported each other with choreography and with learning lines and songs and it has been really magical to see more experienced performers helping newcomers along and to see the production come together.
“I think what sets this production apart is that although it is a community theatre production, the quality is really, really professional – from the performances, to the lighting and the sound effects and music, everyone is going the extra mile to make it a very special panto and something that Scarborough can be proud of.”
Robin Hood was selected after YMCA supporters voted for the panto they wanted to see staged this year.
The panto runs from Boxing Day until January 3.
Boxing Day and Sunday December 28 at 2pm
Saturday December 27, Monday December 29 and Tuesday December 30 at 7.30pm
Friday January 2 and Saturday January 3 at 7.3pm
Box office is on Scarborough (01723) 506750
Tickets also available from Tourist Information Centres in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey